Just ahead of a major enhancement project in the San Francisco Bay, volunteers anxious to protect the Bay’s ecology waded into the waters to move a huge population of native oysters out of the way of heavy machinery.
The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is about to start a large-scale restoration of Aramburu Island, a 17-acre man-made spit tucked inside the northwest corner of Richardson Bay, itself part of the San Francisco Bay.
Aramburu Island – Hardly Noticed Until The Cosco Busan Oil Spill
The island was hardly noticed until the freighter Cosco Busan dumped 58,000 gallons of bunker oil near the Bay Bridge in 2007. When Richardson Bay Audubon staff and volunteers went out in boats looking for oiled and sick birds, they were surprised to find western and Clark’s grebes, ruddy ducks, and surf scoters–birds that only come to shore when stressed–taking refuge on Aramburu.
Now, Audubon and the county are embarking on a restoration project to stabilize the eroding eastern shoreline, enhance wetland and terrestrial habitats to encourage seabird and seal use, and redesign the terrain to provide resilience in the face of sea-level rise.
Wading Into Cold Waters To Save The Oysters
And that’s why all these activists stepped into the cold waters of the Bay last week to save the oysters. Check out the video here:
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