Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Help MBNEP Restore Habitat for Black Brant Geese!

Volunteers Needed!
Help Restore Habitat for Black Brant Geese August 19th – 24th

Did you know that the size of eel grass beds in Morro Bay have declined by over two thirds in the past five years? It’s sad but true. In 2007, there were 344 acres of eel grass beds, but it is estimated that less than 100 acres remain today. There are a lot of hypotheses about what went wrong, and it is likely there is some truth to most of them. The decline likely stems from a combination of a number of factors. Regardless, your help is needed to help turn the tide! Eel grass is a critical food source for black brant geese, and also provides a nursery for fish and crustaceans which feed countless other species of birds, fish and marine mammals.

We need volunteers to help bundle eelgrass plugs for planting by scuba divers Monday, August 19th through Saturday, August 24th. You just need to commit to a 2 hour shift, between 8am and 5pm any one of those days. We especially need Audubon retirees! Many people aren’t available for the week day shifts, but we know you are. No experience is necessary.

This is your chance to make a big difference in the lives of those birds we all love to watch. Contact Kathryn Winfrey at 805-772-3834 or kwinfrey@mbnep.org to reserve a shift.