Springtime Wetlands on Alameda Point's Northwest Territories

Wetlands areas of Northwest Territories at Alameda Point - Springtime 2012. Environmental opportunity for expansion and enhancement.

Images of wetlands areas of the Northwest Territories at Alameda Point in April 2012. Winter and spring rains collect in these low-lying areas near sea level to form wetlands. Ideal area for creating more wetlands and marshes, including permanent ones, to contribute toward replacing those lost around San Francisco Bay during the past century.

In addition to replacing lost wildlife habitat and the ability of wetlands to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to global warming, an extensive wetland/marsh area could serve as the receiving area for rainwater diverted from Alameda Point's mixed-use business and housing area.  

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Liz Taylor April 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Good idea to restore wetlands when and where ever the opportunity arises. They are essential habitats that act as natural filters for water entering the bay and help to reduce flooding. Adding some nest platforms for ospreys and marsh hawks would be a good idea too.
Richard Bangert April 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Good idea for nesting platforms for ospreys. They feed primarily on fish and do not pose a threat to nesting CA Least Terns that arrive this month. Not sure about the marsh hawks, also known as harriers. Looks like they feed on rodents and other birds and could be a menace for the terns. Below is a link to a Flickr slideshow about last year's pair of nesting ospreys at the Seaplane Lagoon. And for anyone interested in watching or photographing ospreys, a pair of ospreys (possibly the same pair) is back and appears to have claimed the old nest. For best viewing, drive around past the auction house on the west side of the Seaplane Lagoon as far as you can go. There's a fence that prevents anyone from approaching the nest. Bring binoculars and vehicle you can climb on top of, or onto a tailgate, to see over the fence. http://www.flickr.com/photos/63740093@N03/sets/72157627434291691/show/ Also, a story with video is here: http://alamedapointenvironmentalreport.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/the-ospreys-of-alameda-point/
Susan Davis April 12, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Richard, Thanks so much for the heads up (forgive the pun) on the ospreys. That's exciting news for those of us who enjoy watching birds!
Chance Gold April 12, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Are the wetland areas in your photographs accessible? Where exactly are they at Alameda Point?
Richard Bangert April 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The wetlands in the photo set above are in the area noted on the legend for this map (link below) as "Vicinity of seasonal wetlands area." By zooming in, you can see that once the obsolete structures and pavement are removed there will be more possibilities for wetlands creation. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&vpsrc=0&ctz=480&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=204228834561919358751.0004aebaff2ad734c43c2&t=h&ll=37.782044,-122.311993&spn=0.032561,0.054932&z=14&source=embed This area is only accessible on the first Sunday of the month during the Antiques Faire by exiting the western gate of the faire on foot and is at the pleasure of the faire operator. For unrestricted viewing of (but not access to) a different wetland area, which is on the wildlife refuge, look on the legend for "Runway wetlands." Just follow the roadway to get around to the west side of the Seaplane Lagoon - past the auction house - and look over the fence toward San Francisco. This is a good time of year to see activity in this wetland area. Patience has its rewards when looking for bird action here.


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