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Help Smithsonian Researchers Track Invasive Snails and Protect Native Oysters


Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are studying the oyster drills, an invasive snail that is making it difficult to restore native oysters in San Francisco Bay. We are trying to remove snails from some sections of the shoreline to see if this allows the oysters, and other animals like barnacles and clams, a better chance at surviving.

No special training is needed, just a willingness to walk on muddy/rocky shorelines and turn over rocks looking for snails. Rubber boots and clothes that you don't mind getting muddy are recommended. Invite your friends, kids, and grandkids (older than 8)! Snacks will be provided. Volunteers ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

We'd love to have you come join us! We've got several upcoming opportunities:

  • Saturday, May 27¬†from 9AM to 12PM at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center in Tiburon, CA

If you are interested but can't make any of this date, we'll have more opportunities and activities over the spring and summer, both in the lab and in the field, so let us know how you'd like to be involved.

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