Peninsula Fly Fishers
  

August Meeting -- Saving Bair Island

  • August 20, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • TBD

Saving Bair Island: From Farmland and Salt Ponds to Wildlife Refuge

 

Bair Island is located right in our backyard, just east of Highway 101 between the Whipple and Holly exits.  It is now a protected bay marsh and is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  But it was only with a grassroots citizens' effort going back nearly 40 years that saved it from a massive real estate development project of a new city in the bay, replete with 20,000 homes, a shopping center and corporate offices. 

Formerly farmland and salt ponds created by constructing levees and draining the natural Bay marsh, the refuge's natural environment has been restored and is home to native species like the Salt Harvest Mouse and Harbor Seal.  Nearby sloughs that connect to San Francisco Bay have seen increased water quality, higher flows during tidal changes, and as some PFFers have seen, better fishing for game species like striped bass, halibut and leopard shark.

For this meeting we have two guest speakers who will tell us the story about how Bair Island was saved, its bountiful wildlife that includes endangered or threatened species, and other potential opportunities nearby to further restore natural wetlands in the future.

Gail Raabe, Co-Chair, Citizens' Committee to Complete the Refuge (CCCR)

Ivette Loredo, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge





 

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