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January 26 @ 9:00 am - February 24 @ 11:30 am$135
Join us for a Citizen Science Kayak Experience on Richardson Bay, Sausalito on the San Francisco Bay.
This excursion starts at Sea Trek at the Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model where we will learn about the tides, currents and geology of the San Francisco Bay over coffee and tea. (NOTE: Bay Model closed Sunday).
The tour starts along the Sausalito waterfront on SUP or kayak heading west outside the Houseboat community onto Richardson Bay where we see migratory and resident seabirds including egrets, surf scoters and great blue herons, harbor seals rafting out and the occasional bat ray or leopard shark. As fitness levels and conditions permit, we cross to the north side and deploy the ROV where we look for and record marine habitat and wildlife in the shallow sections of the Bay with eelgrass habitat.
We will visit and walk around a restoration Island near Tiburon and see other wildlife including hawks and nesting birds and learn about native plants at this important restoration site. We snack and explore at the island before paddling back to the Sea Trek dock.
Included in this experience is data collection and guests are encouraged to add observations of wildlife on our research project with iNaturalist, and survey and pick up plastic debris with the NOAA marine debris app. This data goes into a long term database tracking species presence/absence and marine pollution and will help better protect the wildlife of the San Francisco Bay.
Alternate venues e.g. Angel Island, Tiburon Peninsula are available upon arrangement. All proceeds go to support our shark and ray conservation program inside the San Francisco Bay and international shark protection.
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