Gleaned from the Don Edwards event calendar


The Don Edwards folks are staging a few events that look interesting. From their site:

New! A Trip Back in Time

Saturday, September 24 and Saturday, October 22
Visitor Center , Fremont
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Revive the vanishing knowledge of the history of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge grounds by strolling the trails with docent Ray Studer. Ray spent most of 2004 researching the on-site salt production, railroads, and homes that were located on the refuge grounds until the 1950s. Using a collection of old photographs, the last vestiges of a way of life can be traced back to the 1850s that led to the construction of the town of Newark in 1876.

Jarvis gate valve

I am particularly interested in learning about the various technical remnants strewn around the vicinity of Jarvis Landing and the current Don Edwards HQ like the gate valves above and their two-foot-diameter wooden pipes.

Jarvis Landing

The aerial photo above shows the site of Jarvis / Mayhew. Beard’s/ Russian Landing at the southern tip of the Coyote Hills. This richly occupied spot with undoubtedly many stories to tell. I would surely enjoy hearing them.

Saturday, October 1
Environmental Education Center , Alviso
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A ghost town in San Francisco Bay ? That’s right! Nestled on an island in the salt marshes of south San Francisco Bay , the town of Drawbridge once boomed. Was it a quiet, peaceful town full of nature lovers, or a rip-roaring town full of two fisted rowdies? Find out at this program, led by Pat Anthony our Drawbridge expert. Start with a slide show then take a short mini-van excursion to view Drawbridge across Coyote Creek. Program intended for adults. Space is very limited. RESERVATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. Please call Laurie McEwen at 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Salt Pond Tour
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, November 6
Meet at Bayfront Park , Menlo Park
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Did you know that the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast is happening right here in San Francisco Bay ? Hear more about this project and view some of the salt ponds recently acquired by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Geared toward adults. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 510-792-0222 ext. 43 for reservations and directions.

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