This year marks our 6th and final year managing the Aramburu Island Sanctuary. The 17-acre island was created in the early 1960s by dredge spoils and fill from nearby development. Following the Cosco-Busan oil spill in 2007, Audubon staff observed that the majority of birds in Richardson Bay were using Aramburu Island as a refuge from toxic waters. Seeing this need for habitat sparked the plan for an enhancement project. Audubon and its partners spent two years fundraising, planning, and permitting the project. The Enhancement Plan was designed to improve a variety of habitats by removing non-native invasive plants and planting native species. To date, Audubon has planted over 35,000 plants on Aramburu. This last year, winter 2016-2017, we hope to plant another 3,000 native plants on Aramburu with the help of 1 staff and A LOT of volunteers (November-December)! Starting in October we will clear out our nursery to seed and pot plants specific to the Aramburu enhancement plan.
If you choose to come back and help with the planting of these plants:
Visiting Aramburu Island Sanctuary offers volunteers a great opportunity to view resting and foraging shore and waterbirds. We were even lucky enough this year to be home to killdeer, black-necked stilt and even black oystercatcher nests and chicks! The company is always friendly, the views of San Francisco Bay are amazing (depending on fog) and not much can compare to spending outside on the Bay.
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 10
- First time volunteers welcome-returners encouraged
- Bring sun protection, layers, clothes ready for dirt and a waterbottle.