**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>

Come help the Smithsonian and the Audubon Center remove an invasive predator from Richardson Bay!

Invasive Atlantic oyster drill snails are hurting the recovery of Olympia oysters, the only oyster that is native to the West Coast. Olympia oysters used to be abundant in San Francisco Bay, but human impacts have threatened their existence here. Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are working with citizen scientists (that’s you!) and others on a field experiment to control Atlantic oyster drill populations in Richardson Bay. We need your help! We will be collecting the snails by hand (kids welcome, no experience necessary), having fun, getting muddy, and learning ecology.

Saturday, March 10 (11 am – 3 pm): Lani’s Beach (all ages) Sunday, March 11 (11:30 am – 4:30 pm): Aramburu Island (ages 12+)**

Saturday, March 24 (10 am – 2 pm): Lani’s Beach (all ages)

Sunday, March 25 (11:00 am – 4:00pm): Aramburu Island (ages 12+)** Saturday, April 7 (10 am – 2 pm): Lani’s Beach (all ages)

Sunday, April 8 (10:00 am – 3:30 pm): Aramburu Island (ages 12+)**

** Aramburu Island is only accessible by boat. There are no bathrooms on the island. Boat service will be provided. Start and end times include boat travel.

**Paddlers: you are encouraged to join using your own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard!

 

To RSVP or learn more, contact Jeff Blumenthal (jblument@mail.sfsu.edu).

For additional information, see https://serc.si.edu/citizen-science/projects/ oyster-drill or contact Dr. Chela Zabin (zabinc@si.edu).

Support for this project from the State Coastal Conservancy, Marin Community Foundation, and Jason Payne.