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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, December 11, 2016.
This year, we have been able to start our winter Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) removal season fairly early. On October 23, an enthusiastic group of 11 volunteers--including five new volunteers--cleared Divide Meadow of all the Scotch broom we could find (341 plants), in addition to pulling down and digging out a patch of mattress vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa) and doing some repeat treatment on Aaron's beard (Hypericum calycinum).
In December, we will be working on Scotch broom removal in an area new to the team: the Domingo Rogers ranch lease, located near the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard/Estero Road intersection, and currently operated by David Evans of Marin Sun Farms. David has been a strong partner in trying to eliminate this problematic invader from our ranchlands and is very glad to hear of some volunteer help. As the ranch road is quite muddy, we will need to hike with tools from the ranch compound.
As a special treat, David will be providing participants who sign up in advance with sandwiches from the Marin Sun Farms butcher shop (vegetarian option available) and will join us for up to 20 minutes to answer our questions and chat about his ranching work.
We need at least four confirmed participants to hold this workday. Please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 3 pm on Thursday, December 8, 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.)
For those who respond by 11 am on Wednesday, December 7, Ellen will send out a list of sandwich options and ask for your choice. Ellen will be sending David Evans an order for sandwiches on the afternoon on Thursday, December 8. Ellen can sign up more participants until 3 pm on Thursday, December 8, but cannot guarantee that sandwiches will be available for those who RSVP after 11 am on Wednesday.
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 at the ranch.
Please note: There will be no workday in 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!