Join community and environmental groups celebrating Earth Day at Pt Molate Park. Now threatened by an unsustainable development project, Pt Molate has been called “an ecological treasure”: 422 acres of spectacular bay-facing green space with a beach and submerged eel grass meadows located just north of the Richmond Bridge to Marin. This spectacular headland contains Native Ohlone sacred sites, a Chinese fishing camp, a historic wine port and village (with a Rhineland style brick castle) that was the center of California’s wine industry in the early 20th century. It was also a working Navy oil depot of strategic importance during World War II as well as home to America’s last whaling station that closed in 1971.
It’s home to nesting ospreys, deer, turkey, and rare and endemic species including the Molate blue fescue, and the Pipevine swallowtail butterfly. Its submerged aquatic eel grass beds act as a nursery and sanctuary for bay fish and wildlife including herring, seals and sharks.
This family activity-packed Earth Day Celebration will include”a plant tour, osprey talk with sighting scopes, a naturalist-led walk in the upper watershed, a bioblitz, DANCING, food, run around like crazy people thrilled to have the natural world’s beauty all around us.”
Saturday, April 23, 11 AM – 3 PM
Point Molate Beach Park, Stenmark Drive, Richmond, CA.
(Special thanks to Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez for the use of her stunning art of Point Molate)