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.
Alameda High Earth Team interns spent this week conducting a Litter Assessment of Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda. Interns worked in teams, one was in charge of data recording, and the other trash collecting. Each piece of litter was recorded and entered directly into National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Tracker App. NOAA’s app allows anyone to make a difference in the fight against marine debris. It is user friendly, and incredibly intuitive and allows users to visually see maps of the areas where litter has been collected, and what type of litter was removed. This allows for interns to determine where litter hotspots are and what next steps can be done to mitigate this build up of litter.
Interns found that cigarette butts and plastic food wrappers were the most common type of litter found at Crown Memorial Beach. Food wrappers were found predominantly in remote areas of the beach, relatively far from trash cans, and cigarette butts were everywhere. Earth Team interns decided that ashtrays near each trash can would be beneficial in mitigating the littering of cigarette butts. Interns will work to determine who to reach out too to make this idea come to life.
Next week interns will be introduced to East Bay Regional Park Ranger, Pamela Beitz, who will be presenting about Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline and the restoration work that interns will be implementing there shortly.