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- Multiple Days: 10/23/2016, 12/11/2016, 02/12/2017, 03/12/2017, 04/09/2017, 05/14/2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Volunteers help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbotts Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs, and other high value habitat areas at Point Reyes National Seashore. Visit some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while you work alongside park staff to carry out ecological restoration projects. We encourage volunteers nine years of age and older of all backgrounds and experience levels to participate. Tools, gloves, and training are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and other seasonally appropriate clothing, as well as to bring lunch and water. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!
Please join us for our next Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) volunteer workday on Sunday, October 23, 2016. We'll hike out the Bear Valley trail to Divide Meadow (1.6 miles each way) to remove Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), mattress vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa), and possibly Aaron's beard (Hypericum calycinum), and/or periwinkle (Vinca major). Our main task will be a Scotch broom treasure hunt. The park's Restoration Biologist estimates that fewer than 250 Scotch broom plants remain, after several years of removing on the order of 400 to 1000 plants per year. Almost all that are left are small to medium sized, and some are hiding in the tall dry grasses. After recent rains soften up the ground, late October should be a good time to thoroughly clean up the site. With a visit every couple of years, we are hopeful that Scotch broom can be eliminated from Divide Meadow, where it once was a very problematic infestation. The ongoing efforts of HRP volunteers has made this success possible. The mattress vine and Aaron's beard are isolated small patches that were removed in 2007 and need to be cleared again.
We need at least four confirmed participants to hold this workday. Please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 4 pm on Thursday, October 20, so that she can plan accordingly. Ellen will send out an email to those who've responded, and update her outgoing message to indicate any changes due to low sign-ups and/or weather conditions. The workday could be cancelled if heavy rain for Sunday is forecast, but will proceed if light rain showers ensue. (Please let Ellen know in advance if you need raingear.) If you need to cancel after 5 pm on October 20, or want to see if spaces are still available, please leave Ellen a voicemail at 415-464-5196 (do not rely on email; she will check voicemail on Sunday at 8 am).
Meet at 9 am in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. As always, please bring sturdy shoes, long-sleeved tops and long pants that can get dirty, extra warm/windproof layers, snacks, at least 2 liters of water, and lunch. Tools and gloves will be provided. We will work until 1 pm, and then have lunch on site.
Please note: There will be no workday in November 2016 nor January 2017.
If you are interested in helping restore habitat at Point Reyes, but can't participate on Sundays, join us for Third Thursday Weeders workdays, which are held on the third Thursdays of some months.
California Invasive Species Action Week
The 2016 California Invasive Species Action Week was observed from Saturday, June 4, through Sunday, June 12, 2016. The goal of the Action Week is to increase public awareness and promote public participation in California's fight against invasive species. There are numerous ways for people to participate, either independently, or as part of an organized effort. For example, you can learn which invasive species are issues in your area, remove invasives from your property, select native plants for your garden, harvest them for food, or volunteer to remove invasives from a participating park. Kids, you can learn about an invasive species that threatens your favorite outdoor place, and enter the Department of Fish and Wildlife's "The Invader Files" youth art contest. Winners will be announced during the Action Week! Check out the CISAW web page for poster contest details and to find out how you can take action: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Action-Week.
The CISAW Schedule of Events will be filled with volunteer opportunities and events hosted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California's National and State Parks, and dedicated volunteer programs and organizations across the state. Check the Action Week web page to find a participating organization or event near you, or for details on hosting a project or event of your own!