Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline Field Day

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Earth Team interns with EPRD Ranger’s Gabriel, and Pamela.

This Saturday Earth Team interns worked with East Bay Regional Park District’s (EBRPD) Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline Manager, Pamela Beitz, to plant 21 native Californian fauna at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline in San Leandro. The most notable plant that interested and challenged interns the most was the Torrey Pine, an endangered California pine tree. Torrey Pines only exist in two habitats in San Diego and Santa Rosa Island of the Channel Islands. Planting Torrey Pines at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline allows the species to thrive in other areas of the California Coast, and boost its population numbers. Interns learned the balance between recreation and habitat restoration in East Bay Park’s, and what is implemented to make parks both natural habitats for flora and fauna, and recreational areas for the public to enjoy. Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline is expected to become a major migration stop for endangered Monarch Butterflies, in the coming years. Monarchs already are visiting to nest in the established Torrey Pine grove at the Shoreline but numbers are expected to increase substantially over the years with the planting of more Torrey Pines. Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline will also be home t0 a massive frisbee golf course along the shore, and an outdoor bicycling skills course. Interns will be assisting Pamela and the EBRPD in planting and watering native plants, as well as removing invasive plants in order to implement this recreation areas.

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