For more than a decade, EGRET under the leadership of Mark Liolios has worked to transform Aquatic Park into great habitat for herons, egrets, shorebirds, native plants — and people! On September 13, the Trust for Public Land, with Cox Enterprises, has named him one of five “Cox Conserves Heroes” for the Bay Area for 2010! See the Sept. 14 story on www.Berkeleyside.com!
Mark and four other finalists receive $1,250 for the nonprofit of their choice — and Mark has chosen Berkeley Partners for Parks (EGRET’s sponsoring organization)! If Mark gets the most online votes, BPFP will get a total of $5,000!
The image below fades between Berkeley’s waterfront in 1917 and 2009.
Notice that the current east shoreline of Aquatic Park is the historic shoreline of the Bay. Also notice the current railroad line appears in the 1917 map.
A group of volunteers gather in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park Sunday March 8th to clear brush and plant trees. In the process of getting their hands dirty and improving their community, many discuss their actions in the context of a new President, a struggling economy, service, and an entitled generation.
The event was organized by a local volunteer and promoted through President Obama’s service website: www.usaservice.org/
Eighteen students from UC Berkeley, as part of “Berkeley Project Month – Greener Berkeley!”, spread the wood chips from three piles of mulch around the bases of several shoreline cypress trees planted two years ago by second graders from Rosa Parks Elementary School. After lunch they did trail improvement work, mounding the soil to create a wildlife overlook for park visitors.
Twelve very young students at Black Pine Circle came to the park with their parents on March 13th. They had a great time watching the egrets and herons while they watered the newly planted shoreline trees and cleared a visitor trail along the south side of Middle Pond.
Seventh graders from Head-Royce School worked along the southwestern shoreline of the Main Lagoon on March 6th. The twenty-five students, and the teachers and parents who accompanied them, protected the Monterey Cypress at that corner, as well as adjacent native shrubs, by covering the thistles and other invasive weeds with the wood chips from two enormous piles.
Aquatic Park EGRET is the stewardship group for the tidal wetlands of Berkeley’s largest city park. Volunteers from the community help us tend native coastal plantings to improve the shoreline of San Francisco Bay for wildlife habitat.