Starting as an oil spill mitigation project, Golden Gate Audubon and the Port of San Francisco have been working at Pier 94 to provide habitat. GGAS’s first volunteer project at this site surrounded by industry was in 2002. This 5 acre tidal wetlands are among the few remaining wetlands around SF Bay yet they provide valuable habitat to over 150 species of birds. Wetlands are critical as birds and humans face sea level rise and climate change storm surge. In 2019, GGAS received the Outstanding Environmental Project Award by the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary.
Pier 94 wetlands cleanse the water that flows into the Bay, sequesters carbon, creates oxygen, and provides food, shelter, and a resting spot for myriad of species. GGAS and the Port of San Francisco are working together to improve wildlife habitat through science-guided efforts including:
- Maintaining and tracking wetland and upland species over time
- Raising awareness of the importance of wetlands and wildlife
- Offering community science opportunities
What You Can Do
Join our 1st Saturday volunteer events each month 9:00 am-12 noon. For more information on our volunteer opportunities, please click here.
Information regarding Native Oyster and Eelgrass Research at Pier 94
The Pier 94 Subtidal Wetland and Subtidal Expansion Pilot Project is research to determine the sustainability of Native Oysters and Eelgrass species at Pier 94. Both species historically lived in San Francisco Bay. Pier 94 is in the southeast area of San Francisco, an underserved community. The project, if successful, would improve biodiversity by adding the eelgrass (a native plant) and native oysters, which improves marine and shoreline wildlife habitat. This project is in line with the Subtidal Goals Habitat Goals for San Francisco Bay. The Terrestrial and Vegetation Management Plan for this site, provides for re-vegetation efforts and habitats at Pier 94 to improve native species diversity. The information learned from this small site can be used to replicate the project at other bay locations.
Project Date: January 7, 2020 – January 7, 2022
Project Team: Golden Gate Audubon Staff and Volunteers, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Noreen Weeden
Funded by: A private family foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Salesforce