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San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory’s (SFBBO) Habitats Program works closely with the USFWS’s Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Peninsula Open Space Trust to restore tidal marsh ecosystem habitats at Inner Bair Island. Certain habitats require active restoration of native plants. Volunteer at Bair Island to help restore these plants!
This unique volunteer opportunity has the capacity for approximately 30-35 volunteers. Volunteers will be guided by SFBBO’s staff and POST Volunteers. You will spend the morning weeding invasives or seeding native species that will support Bair Island’s ecosystem. This is a great event for friends and family, so come in a group if you’d like! Spots are limited, so RSVP only if you are sure you can attend. Due to the sensitivity of the habitat, POST recommends volunteers ages 14+. Please also note that this event is subject to cancelation depending on inclement weather. Thank you!
This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Learn more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support
The history of Bair Island is one of intrigue and suspense! In the 1920s, Bair Island used to be a cattle ranch. Soon after, it was a salt plant. Due to its beautiful location in Redwood Shores, developers wanted to create a residential area called South Shores. Local activists Ralph and Carolyn put a referendum on the ballot, then narrowly defeated the project. Consequently, Bair Island is now one of the last wetlands in the Bay Area and is host to many migrating birds.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all! Since 1977, POST has protected over 78,000 acres of open space.
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory pays close attention to impacts on birds and their habitats and gathers crucial data specific to local bird populations. They also provide opportunities for people to be directly involved in the nature and science of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge works to protect migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and provides opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities.