Info: The mayors of Oakland & San Francisco have challenged each other to a Battle for the Bay on Creek to Bay Day, Sept. 21.

Bird Island Restoration

The Bird Island Restoration Project (2011 - 2012) provided valuable habitat for nesting, roosting and foraging of migrating waterfowl.


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.

Bird Island Photo

Double-Crested Cormorants Nesting on Bird Island

Bird Island Photo - Pond

Island Freshwater Pond