You’ve probably heard us say this a million times before, but we have to say it again: If you ever want to see an expression of pure joy then you want to come down to Pt. Isabel and observe our large, native, yellow faced bumble bees (Bombus vosnesenskii) make contact with the flowers of California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) or lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia). And it’s very easy to observe at Pt. Isabel these days as the poppies and lacy phacelia are in all their glory and covered with bumblebees.
We are delighted to see how the eight Arroyo willows (Salix lasiolepis) and the cottonwood (Populus fremontii) have leafed out and already settled in to their new habitat close to the marsh. We were able to purchase these trees thanks to a generous donation from the CEO of Carpet Contractors, Inc., who is very interested in seeing the Bay Trail at Pt. Isabel become a real gateway at the southern entrance to the park.
On March 28 we welcomed to Pt. Isabel an amazing crew of CorePower Yoga teachers in training. We were facing a massive invasion of tall, flowering radish on one of our newest areas and were concerned about how we could remove it before it all went to seed. Then, the CorePower Yoga crew showed up, smiling (and looking extremely fit!), they got right to work and removed every piece of it. It was a fantastic accomplishment and our stewards and regular crew were delighted, and very relieved, when they saw what this wonderful group of volunteers had accomplished.
We are told that at one time there were many buckeye trees (Aesculus californica) at Pt. Isabel and that they were probably cut down to make room for the railroad spur—there are still some rail tracks visible along the site. There are two large buckeyes on either side of the Hoffman Channel and we collect their seeds before they (and we) tumble into the marsh. We have quite a number of buckeye saplings growing along the project site now and Tom planted another five saplings in March. So perhaps they were all cut down but now they are all being put back.
Many thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District for their support, and especially to our ranger Bruce Adams without whom we could not hold such productive work parties.
Jane and Tom Kelly
Left below, a buckeye (Aesculus californica) sapling being planted; right below an
Arroyo willow (Salix llasiolepis) sapling. Photos by Jane Kelly.