Learn about this beautiful protected space, and join us for a walking tour of Bair Island during the King Tide! Led by docent Vicki Martell, this hike will take you through ~1.5 miles of paved trails. Bair Island is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
King tides happen just a few times a year and reaches over 9 feet at Bair Island (about 1-2 feet higher than normal). As we walk along the 3-4 mile flat, out and back trail, we will talk about what causes King tides, expectations for sea level rise in the area, and how restoring tidal marsh can help protect us against sea level rise. We will see the tide rising to over 9 feet at about 11am. We may see migratory birds, so bring your binoculars. We’ll meet rain or shine. Come see what our future sea level may look like.
The interpretive walking tour will highlight the wetlands and the marine life that live within, such as: Endangered Ridgeway’s rails and salt marsh harvest mice. Also cottontail rabbits, peregrine falcons, pelicans, egrets, terns, and stilts. Make sure to bring binoculars to catch sight of some of the beautiful birds at Bair Island.
Please note that dogs are not allowed at this Community Walk and that all minors must be accompanied by a parent and guardian for the entirety of the walk.
COVID-19 Guidelines: We ask that you do not attend this event if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms including: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. Masks are not required but recommended.
Bair Island is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The marsh area actually consists of three islands: Inner, Middle, and Outer. The Bair Island Ecological Reserve consists of close to 2,000 acres of protected land. It is a critical habitat to several species of birds, fish, and even mice.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 78,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.
The US Fish & Wildlife Services manages National wildlife refuges, protects endangered species, manages migratory birds, and restores nationally significant fisheries, such as the The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge a 30,000-acre oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species.