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Please join SERCAL for a Walking Tour of Dotson Marsh

Saturday 12 October, 1–4pm with a post-tour social hour from 4pm on

The Walking Tour is limited to 20 participants — each participant should register — a waiting list will be established when the tour fills. The Social Hour is open to all; registration is encouraged so we know who and how many to expect.

SERCAL Members will be given priority in registering for the Walking Tour.

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Dotson Family Marsh (now part of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline) is a restored tidal marsh site owned by the East Bay Regional Park District in Contra Costa County.

This networking event is being hosted by Geoff Smick (WRA, Inc., designed this restoration project), Diana Benner (The Watershed Nursery), and other SERCAL members. Beginning promptly at 1pm, the tour will progress from the marsh to a neighboring native plant nursery, The Watershed Nursery, and at 4pm will adjourn to East Brothers Brewery and Taproom.

This restoration project provides a great opportunity to learn about a recent tidal marsh restoration project that incorporates sea level rise planning, seasonal wetlands, and native grassland restoration. The site supports several endangered species including the salt marsh harvest mouse and Ridgway’s rail. Attendees will discuss the site’s habitat restoration goals and, since this is the 5th year following construction, will be able to assess progress. The tour includes a segment of the Bay Trail and we will discuss public access planning in the context of sea level rise.


Weather can be variable due to the Bayside location. Bring layers in case conditions change. Weather could be warm and sunny or cool, windy, and foggy. Be sure to check local weather conditions prior to attending. Bring sunscreen, water, hat, comfortable shoes for walking 2-3 miles, and a snack. Birdlife is abundant so bring binoculars.

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