"Nestled amongSt industry"
by Heidi Petty
Tucked between a sewer treatment plant, a littered roadway to a dump, and a backdrop of an oil refinery is their destination, the McNabney Marsh. As the egrets fly over McNabney Marsh, they don’t notice all the trappings of the humans around them. They are simply there to feed from the rich waters of the marsh created by Mt. View Sanitary District. The birds don’t notice the busy freeway and massive industrial complex. For them, the marsh is a safe place to raise their fledglings, relax along its shores, and mingle with so many other birds who call this place their own.
It is up to us to be the stewards of these beautiful places and ensure that our urban sprawl leaves places like this for wildlife to call home. Please join us and help protect this wonderful and rare habitat.
On April 13th, 2019, the Contra Costa RCD, Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, and Mt. View Sanitary District will come together to host a bird watching event followed by a marsh cleanup. We will start the day quietly watching the birds that inhabit this lovely marsh and end the afternoon with an organized cleanup of the roadway and marsh itself.
It is both our pleasure and responsibility to control the influx of our activities from affecting this beautiful habitat. To teach the respect of our shrinking habitats and do everything in our power to lessen the burden of human activities on this beautiful land. Although the birds may not realize the dangers that invade from the roadway and the pollutants that come with it, only we can prevent them from feeling its presence in their beautiful oasis.