Habitat Restoration Program Workdays through May 2019

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Multiple Days: 09/30/2018, 10/28/2018, 12/09/2018, 01/27/2019, 02/24/2019, 03/10/2019, 04/14/2019, 05/12/2019 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Surrounded by sand dunes, four volunteers with shovels dig up invasive grasses.

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 sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved tops, and other seasonally appropriate clothing (i.e., extra warm/windproof layers), 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 28, 2018 to remove invasive cape-ivy from the drainage just north of Pierce Ranch. Cape-ivy (Delairea odorata), a vine from South Africa, can cause harm to native plants, nesting songbirds, and fish, and we are working to keep it out of riparian areas and waterways. We'll be working on a large area that has been cleared in the last three months with help from crews from Yosemite NP and John Muir NHS and a Pasadena high school group. Following up that initial cutting phase, we'll be clearing remnants and regrowth of cape-ivy from open ground, as well as sorting cape-ivy from infested wood and hauling off a couple of wood piles.

Meet at 9 am in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there we'll carpool and caravan to the Tomales Point trailhead and walk a short distance to the work site. Be prepared for cool, foggy, and/or windy weather even if it is warm and sunny at Bear Valley. Due to high abundance of salmonberry and the presence of some stinging nettles and California blackberry, heavier shirts and pants are recommended (as always, long pants and long sleeves required). Poison oak is not present. We will work until 1 pm, and then have lunch near the work site.

We need at least four volunteers to confirm their participation by noon on Friday, October 26, 2018, in order to hold this workday. Please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email so that she can plan accordingly. She will be in touch with those who respond if inclement weather or lack of participants forces cancellation of the workday.

Please note: There will be no workday in November 2018.

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 2018 California Invasive Species Action Week was observed from Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, June 10, 2018. 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.

California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest
Kids, you can learn about an invasive species that threatens your favorite outdoor place, and enter the Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Pledge to Not Spread!" youth art contest. The deadline for entries was June 1, 2018, and winners were 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!

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9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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