As February drew to a close, IXLers gathered at Mori Point in Pacifica, Calif. to take in the unexpected sunshine and give back to our beautiful environment. Prior to beginning our gardening tasks, the project leaders provided us with insights about Mori Point’s history and habitats, adding more depth to our purpose that day.
Mori Point is home to the threatened California red-legged frog and the endangered San Francisco garter snake. The frogs are key to the health of the snake population since they make up most of the snakes’ diet. Because the snakes at Mori Point inhabit the northernmost range of their subspecies, habitat preservation is critical for both the frogs’ and snakes’ survival.
After suiting up in our poison oak-protective jump suits, grabbing our gloves and pickaxes, we set out on a mission to plant around 300 native wetland and upland plants. By the end of our volunteer shift, we had planted over 350 seedlings! With sore backs, dirt-filled nails, and buoyant spirits, we left that day feeling proud and honored to give back to our local parks in hopes that others will continue to preserve, and protect, critical habitats for years to come!
To learn about volunteer opportunities with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, please visit www.parksconservancy.org
By Tatum Radcliffe, Operations Lead