The project removed invasive and dead vegetation and planted Bay-friendly plants and trees. New ponds with irrigation systems were installed on the islands to ensure the birds have access to fresh water. Viewing scopes for bird observation were installed. The second phase of this project, anticipated in Winter 2012, includes installation of additional bird scopes and interpretative signage. This project is funded through a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Board. These islands are part of the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established in 1870 and was the first wildlife refuge created in North America.
Double-Crested Cormorants Nesting on Bird Island
Island Freshwater Pond