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Volunteers will help clean out European beachgrass at Toloway Dunes on Sunday.

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Join Tolowa Dunes Stewards and Redwood Parks Conservancy to restore habitat for threatened Western snowy plovers and other shorebirds, in the Lake Earl estuary. Volunteers will be removing European beachgrass from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 4.

Anyone who is interested in volunteer is asked to let organizers know in advance. If the forecast changes, they may change plans. Those who have signed up will be notified. To RSVP, email or call or text Sandra at 707-954-5253.

Volunteers will meet at the locked gate in the large parking lot/trailhead at end of Old Mill Road before noon.  Line up in your vehicle and be ready to drive out.  There is a two to three mile roundtrip walk over level, but somewhat uneven ground. This time of year you will need your wear your MUCK BOOTS for at least part of the walk, or your hiking boots will get a little wet.

Dress for the weather, wear layers for wind, bring water, snacks, binoculars, and your mask.  The group will be socially distancing. Bring your own lightweight gloves, or they can provide sanitized ones and shovels for you.

Volunteers will be working directly adjacent to the beautiful estuary and ocean. 

This will be a good time to learn about the wondrous strange world of native dune plants, enjoy Harbor seals, ducks, egrets, herons, sometimes bald eagles and Peregrine falcons, and possibly even porcupines, river otters and Roosevelt elk.


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