Programs

Aramburu Island Enhancement

Join us for a day of habitat restoration in your backyard Bay!

What is Aramburu?: 

The man-made 20 acre island was developed through the 1940s-1960s as an island wave break for coastal Strawberry residents. The island is undergoing its 6th year of enhancement and study by Audubon staff and community members, after receiving funding from the 2007 Cosco-Busson oil spill tragedy that washed hundereds of oil slathered waterbirds to the island's shore. Over the years, habitat enhancement has included adding 1/2 a mile of rocky-cobble and sandy shoreline that provides high tide resting habitat for waterbirds while absorbing wave impact and stoping island erosion. A new mosaic of over 30,000 new native plants will help providd food and protection for songbirds, shorebirds, and other wildlife.

How you can help:

Volunteers are our main force removing invasive plant brutes and planting and caring for widlife beneficial native plants such as Pickleweed, Gum Plant, and Ambrosia. Additional activites include removing litter, native seed collection, plant propagation in the nursery, shoreline rebuilding, and community led wildlife studies. 

Program information: 

In partnership with landowners Marin County Parks and Open Space, 9am-1pm, wildlife enhancement work on Aramburu Island 

FREE program. Bring your family and friends for a morning of wildlife habitat restoration and island care for Aramburu. Aramburu Island restoration days limited to 9 volunteers for boat occupancy, first come-first served. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult and child liability release forms are available on our website. Volunteers with personal kayaks and SUPs are encouraged to paddle to the island!   Heavy rain cancels. RSVP: cgutman@audubon.org or 415-388-2524 x104.

Physicality:

Moderate-high, volunteers must be comfortable shoveling, lifting, crouching, and standing on and off for the duration of the program with little protection from the elements. 

Good fit for:

-Families (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

-Community groups

-Youth Community Service

-Adult Community Service

-Corporate group weekday options available. 

-Drop in volunteers

Upcoming event dates: 

R.S.V.P. requested, 9am-1pm, meet at Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary office -376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon CA. 

Saturday, March 25th 

Saturday, April 8th 

Saturday, April 22nd, Earth Day!

Saturday, May 6th 

Saturday, May 20th 

What to bring:

Please remember to bring a refillable water bottle for everyone in your party and wear pants and closed-toed shoes you don’t mind getting dirty! Come prepared with layers and sun protection. We will provide rubber boots and extra rain gear on rainy days and a small snack. 

How you can help, right now