Salt Marsh Nature Walk at the Albany Bulb

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Albany Bulb

1 Buchanan Street

Albany, CA 94710

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Salt Marsh Nature Walk at the Albany Bulb

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Naturalist Patty Donald will share her knowledge of nudibranchs, mudsnails, and pickleweed--and an appreciation for the creative forces of both humans and nature. In an adventurous 2-mile walk we'll consider the stunning variety of the Albany Bulb's ecosystems including beach, mudflat, salt marsh, upland, and rocky shore. We'll learn about some of the 150 bird species at the Bulb, the impacts of climate change, and the complex functioning of the San Francisco Bay estuary.

We'll imagine possibilities for future citizen science projects and artist-scientist collaborations at this former construction debris landfill. And we'll think about the ways that humans and nature have interacted at the Bulb, where anonymous artists have built castles and kinetic sculptures out of found materials in the midst of dynamic ecosystems.

Please read "logistics" below for information on hazards and challenges of this sometimes slippery walk.

Patty Donald is an environmental education innovator who headed the Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina for almost 40 years before retiring two years ago. Donald taught generations of children about the ecosystems of San Francisco Bay and through the Bay Interpretive Program trained scores of adults not just in marine biology but in creative teaching methods. Her wide-ranging legacy includes Berkeley's Adventure Playground, a haven for free-range play where children (and their parents) enjoy hammering nails and building forts in a wild-looking sandlot.

She is responsible for the creation of the eco-friendly straw bale building at Shorebird Park, organized the annual Berkeley Bay Festival and helped start the Berkeley Kite Festival. A veteran of managing beach cleanups, Donald coordinated the efforts of 700 volunteers to assist with wildlife rescue when the Cosco Busan tanker spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into the bay in 2007.

Few people know the ecology of the Bulb better than Donald, who walked here each morning with her dog Tigger for many years.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION

Free event. Eventbrite registration is required. Family-friendly; designed for ages 8 and up. Children under 12 should come with a parent.

The Bulb is a peninsula made of construction debris that sticks out into San Francisco Bay and is accessed by the parking lot for the Albany Waterfront Trail (Google Maps address is 1 Buchanan Street, Albany).

Please meet at 3 pm at the bathrooms near the parking lot at 1 Buchanan Street (near the big bird sculpture).

We’ll start walking promptly at 3:15 pm--please don't be late! We will walk about two miles total roundtrip over dirt trails, algae-covered rocks and sometimes uneven and sloping ground.

IMPORTANT: We will be walking on some wobbly and extremely slippery rocks where even surefooted people sometimes get a bit wet. If you do not feel comfortable in these conditions, please consider joining a different Love the Bulb nature walk when we will be on more stable ground.

What to wear: comfortable closed-toe shoes that can get wet and muddy with good tread on the soles (sturdy sneakers or light hiking boots--no Tevas or open-toed sandals), layers, including a windbreaker (it can be very windy!), and a hat.

Synthetic fabric and synthetic or wool socks will be more comfortable and less chilly if you get wet than cotton.

What to bring: Water and sunscreen in pockets or backpack. No shoulder bags, purses, or waterbottles that are not in backpacks or carriers (you'll need two free hands for maximum mobility and balance). Feel free to bring binoculars and a frisbee (for holding critters for temporary viewing).

This event is sponsored by Love the Bulb, a community organization dedicated to protecting the nature and art of the Albany Bulb. Join our email list at albanybulbinfo@gmail.com to get announcements.

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Albany, CA 94710

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