MAS offers many opportunities to meet fellow members and to support our environmental protection and conservation efforts. Would you like to serve on the Board of Directors? Help with the Christmas Bird Count? Be a part of the birdseed sale? Help with restoration projects? Join the MAS Conservation Committee? Help with the annual MAS/ACR Mother’s Day BBQ event in May 2010? These are just a few of the many ways that you can pursue your interests or share your talents.
MAS’s restoration projects have frequent opportunities where volunteers can be involved in improving local habitats. MAS has purchased a number of properties which require habitat improvement. Some of the improvements require contractors’ being involved by recontouring the land with heavy equipment. That stage is followed by revegetation with local native plants some of which we grow in small nursery beds. Control of invasive non-native plants is essential to the survival of the new natives.
Currently MAS has two active restoration sites, Triangle Marsh in Corte Madera and Bahia in Novato, where volunteers are involved. Restoration of other sites will become active in the future.
We have regularly scheduled workdays at Triangle Marsh on the first Saturday of every month. Triangle Marsh is on Paradise Drive directly across the road from Ring Mountain and 1.5 miles from the Highway 101/Paradise Drive intersection.
MAS purchased Triangle Marsh in 1999. Some native plants are well established, but non-native invasive plant species require regular efforts to restrict and eventually eliminate them from the property.
We schedule workdays each month at Bahia in Novato when our volunteers are available. If you are interested in helping with habitat restoration at Bahia, please contact for more information.
Bahia is at the end of Bahia Drive in eastern Novato and can be reached from Highway 101 via the Atherton Avenue exit. About 0.9 mile from Highway 101, turn left from Atherton to Bugeia Lane, which continues on as Bahia Drive.
Much of the Bahia upland, the area above the tide line, was bare soil in the fall of 2008. Some natives were planted during the rainy season in 2008-2009, but many more plantings are yet to come. Various invasive plants including thistles, radish, stinkwort and ice plant require regular control through the growing season.