The commitment and dedication of our stewards and long-term volunteers is transforming the landscape at Pt. Isabel’s Bay Trail and its entrance at Central Avenue and Rydin Road. Stewards Sue and Oliver (he turned 10 last week) worked steadily through the winter in their section above the Hoffman Channel where their California poppies (Eschscholzia spp.), tansy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) and purple needle grass (Stipa pulchra) are beginning to flower. They have an expanding section of yampah (Perideridia spp.), intended to attract the lovely Anise Swallowtail, that we hope will one day replace the fennel that once covered the area. Lewis,Tyson, Nina, Nathan, John, Gudrun, Miriam, Rob, Manish, Arthur, and Margot turn out regularly to weed and water and pick up trash, transforming the marsh edge into a rich and inviting habitat for the wildlife that live in and around the marsh. We’re very grateful to this committed group of volunteers for all the hours they have contributed to making this section of the Bay Trail so healthy and vibrant.
In March we focused our attention on removing weeds that were flowering and in settling in the remaining native plants provided by small grants from the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee and Carpet Contractors, Inc., a business located in the office park. Volunteers have been coming out from all over the area and have all made a welcome contribution including Boys Team Charity from Lamorinda and students from Berkeley High. We couldn’t accomplish as much without the help of those who appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of contributing to its health.
Pictures by Jane Kelly of restorations teams below.