Help Smithsonian Researchers Track Invasive Snails and Protect Native Oysters


Cause Areas


Sat Mar 10, 2018 09:30 AM - Sun Apr 22, 2018 04:00 PM


376 Greenwood Beach RoadBelvedere Tiburon, CA 94920
Photo Credit: SERC


Invasive Atlantic oyster drill snails are hurting the recovery of Olympia oysters, the only oyster native to the West Coast. Olympia oysters used to be abundant in San Francisco Bay, but human impacts have threatened their existence here. Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working with citizen scientists (that's you!) on a field experiment to control oyster drill snail populations in Richardson Bay. We need your help! We will be collecting snails by hand (kids welcome, no experience necessary), having fun, getting muddy, and learning ecology.

On Saturdays (March 10, April 7, April 21), volunteers will be working on the beach near the Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Volunteers must be at least 6 years old. Hours vary by date (depending on the tides). Please contact us for specifics.

On Sundays (March 11, April 8, April 22), volunteers will be working on Aramburu Island. These will be long days (although we can arrange to bring you back early if you need to, please just let us know) and there will not be access to a bathroom. Volunteers on Sundays must be at least 12 years old. We will provide boat transportation to an island. Volunteers may also meet us for directions then canoe/kayak to the island if they wish. Volunteers who transport themselves would need to start at the listed time, but could leave early if they wish. Hours vary by date (depending on the tides). Please contact us for specifics.

All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 6
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