Last Saturday, I had the great pleasure of spending the morning with Save The Bay at the Palo Alto Baylands. Along with several of my colleagues on the Palo Alto City Council, I was thrilled to get to a closer look at SF Bay on a special canoe trip. It was a beautiful, clear morning to be out on the bay, with hardly even a breeze. We saw plenty of birds, including the endangered California clapper rail, and even made friends with a bat ray. This photo doesn’t begin to describe how exciting it was to paddle next to this elegant ray as it meandered through the muddy slough just a few hundred yards from the golf course.
After our canoe trip, we joined 65 volunteers who were weeding invasive plants to help protect the seedlings that Save The Bay planted this winter. NBC Bay Area brought them out in force. There were plenty of kids and adults on site to get their hands dirty and celebrate Save The Bay’s work.
We were rewarded with a sense of satisfaction and a “County Fair by the Bay,” complete with food truck, fun games for the kids, and folk music. My personal favorite was the shark photo booth, especially after my morning with the bat rays.
On behalf of the residents of Palo Alto, I’d like to thank Save The Bay for the work they’ve done over the past 50 years to ensure that SF Bay – our bay – is a great place to be. Palo Alto has a proud history of bay protection dating back nearly a century, before it was cool to be green! And there’s nothing like a Baylands paddle to drive home just how foresighted that work was, and how critical to our collective future that we all continue to work together to keep saving the bay.
— Sid Espinosa