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This 1.5 mile Bair Island walking tour will highlight the wetlands and the marine life that live within the area, such as endangered California clapper rails and salt marsh harvest mice, as well as cottontail rabbits, peregrine falcons, pelicans, egrets, terns and stilts. Large rays and small leopard sharks can be seen in the sloughs at the farther reaches of the island.
This tour will tell the history of the island, as well as the recent work that has taken place to restore the wetlands.
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
Bair Island is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The marsh area actually consists of three islands: Inner, Middle, and Outer. The Bair Island Ecological Reserve consists of close to 2,000 acres of protected land. It is a critical habitat to several species of birds, fish, and even mice.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 75,500 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.
The US Fish & Wildlife Services manages National wildlife refuges, protects endangered species, manages migratory birds, and restores nationally significant fisheries, such as the The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge a 30,000-acre oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species.