Life in an Estuary

Posted on Wednesday 30 September 2009

Our speaker on Monday, October 5 will be Naturalist Annette Coleman. Her presentation will be titled “A Salt Marsh Prevails through the Years in Palo Alto; a short history of the use, abuse and restoration of the Palo Alto Baylands”. Anette grew up in Palo Alto and after graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Environmental Interpretation spent ten years as a ranger at Foothills Park then another ten as Area Superintendent for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and now works for the City of Palo Alto managing the Baylands Interpretive Center.

On Saturday, October 10 we will start our day in the Baylands Nature Interpretative Center and explore the laboratory and wildlife displays. Then Annette will take us out to explore the surrounding area. She will introduce us to the different vegetation growing within the mudflats and point out some of the various birds that live in the area and give us a sense of how the ecology has changed.

During lunch we will discuss a “Bioregional Quiz” with David Coale. After lunch we will continue our journey with David, who will lead us to the mouth of the San Francisquito Creek, where we can see it flowing into the Bay. David Coale, another native of the area, developed a love for the area and became knowledgeable of the Baylands with weekly walks in the area over the past eight years. David has taught a variety of classes for Acterra: Green Teams, Choices for Sustainable Living, Exploring Deep Ecology and more.

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