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Public Lecture on Balancing Wildlife Needs and Wetland Restoration in San Francisco Bay

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salt marsh harvest mouse
The salt marsh harvest mouse (above) and the California clapper rail (below) are both endangered species that are found only in tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay.
California clapper rail

"A Delicate Balance: Salt Ponds, Wetland Restoration, and Wildlife in San Francisco Bay" was the topic of the monthly U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Region Evening Public Lecture Series on August 25, 2005, in Menlo Park, CA. USGS scientists A. Keith Miles and John Takekawa introduced the audience to the largest tidal-wetland-restoration project in the Western United States, begun when approximately 15,000 acres of salt ponds were purchased in 2003 for restoration by a partnership of Federal, State, and nonprofit organizations.

Research wildlife biologists with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Miles and Takekawa discussed questions that their research seeks to help answer for the wetland restoration, such as: How important are the salt ponds for migrating, wintering, or breeding waterfowl and shorebirds? What may be the impact of concentrated salts, low dissolved oxygen, or toxicity of mercury on wildlife as pond levees are opened? What may be the impact of invasive species, such as smooth cord grass, while restoring wetlands?

The evening public lecture was attended by about 120 to 150 people. Earlier in the day, USGS employees on the Menlo Park campus got a preview of the presentation. A video-stream archive of the lecture is available for viewing online (using Windows Media Player) from the Western Region Evening Public Lecture Series 2005 Video Archive.

Additional information about the restoration project is available in USGS Fact Sheet 2004-3135 (4.2 MB PDF file) and at the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Web site.

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Western Ecological Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Western Region Evening Public Lecture Series
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