On Saturday, October 27, 2018, more than 100 people crowded in the Red Barn to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project. Speakers highlighted how the restoration Project Area has evolved since the final levee was breached in 2008 in terms of establishing native vegetation and supporting common and rare species of fish, birds, frogs, and benthic invertebrates. Several speakers also addressed larger or watershed-scale issues such as changes in shorebird use in the southern portion of Tomales Bay, use of wetlands as classrooms for students, and seagrass and salt marsh response to climate change impacts. The agenda may be found below.
These talks culminated a day of events specifically developed to help people understand how this very special landscape has changed in the last ten years. That morning, a small group of people joined Jules Evens and Mary Anne Flett on a birding hike: Jules and Mary Anne have worked on the project since the very beginning. The hikers were rewarded with some wildlife drama, as a pair of peregrine falcons swooped down on a flock of greater yellowlegs, with the male snatching one and expertly passing it off mid-air to the female. However, an adult bald eagle had different ideas and started pursuing the female peregrine, who was laboring with her heavy and still struggling prey. Later that morning, eighteen people took to the water to learn about changes in the Giacomini hydrology or patterns in the movement of water from project hydrologist, Greg Kamman of Kamman Hydrology & Engineering. Kayakers were treated to their own wildlife vignette as a deer seemingly walked on water, as it crossed through Lagunitas Creek at a shallow gravel bar area as they were paddling downstream.
If you weren't able to make this very special day and wish to view PDFs of the presentations, please contact Lorraine Parsons by email. We have also prepared short summaries of the Giacomini monitoring information presented at the event and in associated reports.
Scientific papers that have been published so far.
Parsons, L., L. Sanders, A. Ryan, and M. Reichmuth. 2015. Changes in the Food Web Linked to Restoration Effort Intensity and Watershed Conditions. Natural Resources. 6:344-362. (accessed 14 December 2018)
Special thanks to all of those who helped us here at the park to make this great event happen!
NBC's OpenRoad Comes to Marin and Giacomini
Anniversary Celebration at the Red Barn from 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Last updated: February 10, 2021