Science interns Point Reyes National Seashore

David Briggs
07/03/2014

Two science interns sampled fish in Lagunitas and Tomasini Creeks on Monday, adding their findings to the Point Reyes National Seashore’s databases of species in the recently restored Giacomini Wetlands: arrow and tidewater gobies, top smelt, three-spined sticklebacks, bay pipefish, surf perch and an even a sturgeon. Funding has run out for post-restoration monitoring in the wetlands, said program director Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook, so the interns, Annika Rose-Person and Griffin Hill, are providing a useful service (as well as helping manage a group of 12 teenagers participating in a summer adventure program). Ms. Adler-Ivanbrook said she has seen an expansion of habitat in the former dairy ranch, and an uptick in prevalence of the federally threatened red-legged frog and rare Point Reyes bird’s beak, a flowering halophyte.