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Giacomini Wetlands Kayak Exploration
October 14 2018 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
On the edges of Tomales Bay there is a bed of eel grass. A flowering angiosperm that grows in the shallow water as the lungs of the bay. In 2008 550 acres were purchased from the National Park Service. A fifty year old levee removed allowed the tide back in. Now the Gacomini wetland is the largest intact tidal marsh along the California Coast. Within it a nursery for swimming halibut, nudibranchs, snails, mussels, a life force of marine life that is crucial to the greater San Francisco Bay. In a tides flash causes snails to readjust, mussels pull in, halibut to tuck under a flap of overlapping leaves and the nudibranch draw their outer lungs inward. A major pacific flyway for migratory birds, we will observe resident egrets, surf scoters and visiting red necked phalaropes with a stunning backdrop of the Point Reyes peninsula. Come see what this nexus of shifted plates has in store as we paddle during one of the few times of the year in which conditions allow kayak access.