Sonoma Creek Wetlands Tour


restoring a wetland

Novato Creek at Hamilton – State Coastal Conservancy

Wetland protection and restoration is a process that happens over time and takes many hands, thoughtful minds and careful planning and management. It comes in many forms - from daylighting small creeks that have been buried underground for decades, to returning thousands of acres of salt ponds back to tidal marsh and other wetland habitat types, or protecting new areas for wildlife. You can learn more about the scope and scale of SFBJV wetland protection and restoration projects here.

Support for wetlands might mean you become a member of or volunteer for one of the organizations listed below. Our events page offers other ways to get involved, from helping plant native species on a project site to participating in a work or clean up day.

Wetland projects, especially here in the Bay Area, can be expensive. From the costs of acquiring land, to employing the people who design and plan restorations, move the dirt or manage the projects to ensure they reach our goals and benefit birds, wildlife and people. Many of the larger projects happen in phases and will continue to need financial support over time. Your support of regional efforts such as Measure AA, the $12/year parcel tax to restore wetlands around SF Bay that passed in June of 2016, will provide some of the critical funding needed over the next 20 years. Thank you! The full text of the tax measure is available here.

Please continue to be a voice for wetland restoration and support the work of our Joint Venture partners.

Bay Area Conservation Organizations

With the organizations listed below you can...

Help restore a wetland by becoming a VOLUNTEER!

Be a voice for habitat protection and bird conservation and SPEAK UP!

Invest in our future and DONATE or SUPPORT REGIONAL EFFORTS like measure AA that passed in 2016!

Join a community of people who care and BECOME A MEMBER!

Aquarium of the Bay – A wonderful place to learn about the magic, beauty and wonder of SF Bay.

Audubon – A national membership organization devoted to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems for the benefit of birds and other wildlife, the Audubon Society has several Bay Area chapters and manages the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

Bay Area Open Space Council – Dedicated to fostering an interconnected system of healthy communities with parks, trails, agricultural lands and natural areas throughout the region.

Bay Nature Magazine - a great local resource for a variety of issues near and dear to the heart of any Bay Area nature lover. On their website they also offer a comprehensive and current calendar of events listing.

California State Parks – Helping to preserve the state's biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation

Candlestick Point Eco-Stewards – A multi-generational and multi-cultural cohort of youth, volunteers, supporters, environmental educators, habitat restoration specialists, community organizers and social justice advocates dedicated to connecting people to local urban open spaces to restore ecology, improve environmental health and strengthen community.

Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge – A volunteer-based advocacy organization for wetlands protection focused on the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Department of Fish and Wildlife – Maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic value and benefits to people, with opportunities to hunt, fish and recreate.

Don Edwards SanFrancisco Bay NWR – The primary mission of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay and its natural history, and to conserve and preserve the remaining bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

Ducks Unlimited – The world’s largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

East Bay Regional Parks District – Offering lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, and much more.

Estuary News is a publication produced by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership offering in depth analysis of some of the greatest current issues affecting the SF Bay/Estuary

Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge – A volunteer-based group dedicated to helping protect the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Land Trusts – Actively work to conserve land through acquisitions, stewardship or easements. There are several in the Bay Area region:
Middle Penninsula  |  Napa  |  Sonoma  
Solano  |  Tri Valley Conservancy

National Estuarine Research Reserve – Dedicated to studying and protecting vital coastal and estuarine resources.

National Parks and Support Organizations – Preserving natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of future generations.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Blue Conservation Science – Dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and the ecosystems they rely on through innovative scientific research and outreach.

The Presidio Trust – The Presidio Trust is a distinctive federal agency created by Congress to save the Presidio - an urban national park that celebrates history, environment, and community, and that honors the Presidio's legacy of service.

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory – Dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach.

San Francisco Estuary Partnership – Working to protect, restore and enhance water quality, fish and wildlife habitat in and around the SF Bay Delta Estuary.

Save the Bay – Dedicated to education, a variety of pollution reduction and public action campaigns as well as other community events.

Sierra Club – Grassroots environmental organization with eight local Bay Area groups dedicated to a variety of causes.

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project – The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project is the largest tidal wetlands restoration project on the West Coast. Find out how you can get involved in the restoration or planning process.

SPAWN – Engaging the community to take actions that support the recovery of salmon in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed.

Thank You Ocean - a nonprofit partnership seeking to raise awareness of the benefits the ocean provides us and to identify ways each of us can help protect it.

Urban Creeks Council – Offers programs that protect streams, restore riparian habitats to urban areas and give people the chance to experience nature in an urban context.

US Fish and Wildlife Service – two refuge complexes frame the Bay: in the North – the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and in the South – the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Both offer volunteer and recreation opportunities.

Watershed Groups [123 KB PDF] – a variety of resources for hands-on watershed projects generated at the 2012 Silicon Valley Watershed summit.

Watershed Project – inspires Bay Area communities to understand, appreciate and protect our local watersheds.


Building homes for burrowing owls in the Baylands – Sonoma Land Trust


Bay Area Early Detection Network – identifying non-native species – Jenn Jordan


Bird Monitoring – SFBBO


"Kids in Marshes" – The Watershed Project


Save the Bay – community-based restoration


Conducting bird surveys

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