Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip | Suisun Marsh Natural History Cruise

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:00am

Join the Natural Sciences Guild for this cruise around the edge of the Bay-Delta while learning about Suisun Marsh, the largest and most important contiguous brackish marsh in California. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries, the marsh is a critical link, providing essential habitat for 80% of the state’s wild salmon, more than 200 species of birds, 45 mammals, 16 different amphibians and reptiles, and over 40 species of fish.

On the way to the marsh, we voyage under five bridges, pass through historic Carquinez Straits and cruise past the historic Mothball Fleet before entering the marsh. In addition to its historic tidal wetlands, the marsh contains managed wetlands—primary duck habitat—as well as upland grasslands and open water in the form of bays and sloughs. The latter make it ideal for viewing and exploring by boat. Join us for a glimpse of what wild California was like before reclamation and land management transformed the delta.

The day includes lunch in Suisun City and a tour of the Suisun Marsh Wildlife Center with a presentation of native rehabbed animals. Our bus leaves from OMCA for the Vallejo Marina, where we board the River Dolphin for the cruise. Trip cost is $125. All expenses are included except parking in the Museum garage.

To reserve a space, contact Marilyn Rhodes at 510-531-0348 or RhodesRDH@aol.com