Point Isabel in October 2016

Thanksgiving is approaching and we’re looking forward to the gathering of family and friends that takes place at our home each year. One of the things for which we are so thankful is the number of volunteers who come out to Pt. Isabel to help make it a more habitable place for the birds and other wildlife that live in or near Hoffman Marsh. The transformation that has taken place there over the years is directly attributable to both our regular stewards who maintain a specific section and to the many volunteers who have participated – some regularly and some who come just once.

October rain! This is not our traditional planting time but The Watershed Nursery in Richmond donated plants to the project and our stewards Sue Schoening, Nina Barton, Ivy Ku and Tom Kelly decided to honor Mother Nature’s rain gift by planting the 11 flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum), purple needlegrass (Stipa pulchra), 2 big saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis), 3 yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and a toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). The plants, with their unrestrained roots now in the soft earth, are flourishing in the copious rains.

In October, tenacious volunteer Luciano continued his arduous work removing pepper weed from the Eagle Scout’s site. Steward Lewis and volunteers Gudrun, Miriam, Nancy, Karen, Jacob and Jane cleared oat grass infestations, mulched the new area, and combed the marsh berm to remove newly established Russian thistle (Salsola soda)and emerging seedlings of Algerian sea lavender (Limonium ramosissimum). The consistent weed removal and trash collecting by core volunteers John Kenny and Rob Kirby is keeping the area inviting to all the creatures for whom we do this work. It also looks nice to the people who pass by.

Thanks to The Watershed Nursery in Richmond for the donated plants and for their expert advice. Many thanks also to Hugo Mendoza of the City of Richmond for his quick action in scheduling a crew to pick up the collected piles of trash. And our thanks, as always, to our EBRPD Ranger, Bruce Adams.

 

Jane and Tom Kelly

 

Scout digs a hole for Atriplex lentiformis at Point Isabel. Photo by Jane Kelly.

Scout digs a hole for Atriplex lentiformis at Point Isabel. Photo by Jane Kelly.

The Point Isabel October Crew. Photo by Jane Kelly.

The Point Isabel October Crew. Photo by Jane Kelly.

 

Tom Kelly plants Atriplex lentiformis at Point Isabel. Photo by Jane Kelly.

Tom Kelly plants Atriplex lentiformis at Point Isabel. Photo by Jane Kelly.