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Richardson Bay Citizen Science Kayak Adventures
January 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 along the Houseboat community along a wetland 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. We cross to the north side and deploy a mini ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle- an underwater drone) where we search and record by camera marine habitat and wildlife in the shallow sections of the Bay. We 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.
These kayak excursions are open to the public and can be booked through this portal.