Ridgway’s Rail pair at MLK Jr. Shoreline in Oakland, by Rick Lewis

Ridgway’s Rails & Marsh Restoration

Thursday, November 16, in Berkeley

The Ridgway’s Rail, a federally-listed endangered species dependent on San Francisco Bay tidal marshes, is making a comeback after a sharp decline a decade ago. The population is increasing due in part to large-scale tidal restoration projects happening throughout the Bay. Will these populations be resilient in the future as rising seas and storms threaten their populations? How can innovative restoration and habitat enhancement efforts designed to benefit all marsh species help them survive?

Julian Wood is the San Francisco Bay Program Leader at Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO). He works to advance wetland-dependent bird conservation by leading innovative research and informing on-the-ground restoration and management. He also helps agencies and organizations understand and prepare for the negative impacts of climate change on wildlife and human communities.

Date:     Thursday, November 19

Time:    6:30 p.m. for refreshments, 7 p.m. for program

Place:    Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda (between Solano and Marin)

Cost:      Free for GGAS members, $5 for non-members. 

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