December 6th, 2017
A number of SF Bay NERR staff enjoyed a fun day out on the boat at Rush Ranch, showing our NOAA partner some of the important features of the marsh, visiting the System-wide Monitoring Program monitoring stations, and talking about future possibilities for this special marsh.
Rush Ranch Open Space is famous for the tidal brackish marsh at the heart of the property. Rush Ranch’s marsh is a rare and special remnant of a once vast habitat that gives scientists, and the casual visitor, an opportunity to learn more about California’s natural history. The property was purchased by the Solano Land Trust (SLT) in 1988 with a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy. It was the initial purchase of open space land for SLT which, at that time, was known as the Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation. In 2003 Rush Ranch was designated as part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
SF Bay NERR staff regularly monitor the marsh. There are data loggers located on the site that measure and record water level, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and water clarity (turbidity) every fifteen minutes.
With NOAA scientists, SF Bay NERR and Solano Land Trust staff, we visited the locations where monitoring occurs. Our Research Technicians visit these locations frequently to collect new data. Through long-term monitoring, our staff are helping to build a national dataset that allows us to improve our understand of how manage these special places in the face of ecosystem changes and shifting human activities.
SF Bay NERR Research Coordinator Dr. Matt Ferner provided an update on the ongoing research activities occurring on the site. Research technician Elena Ceballos proved an excellent captain for the day.
The Coastal Training Program is exploring hosting a field trip at this site in the future, so please stay tuned for that upcoming opportunity. In the meantime, our Reserve staff have a number of events and workshops for diverse audiences at Rush Ranch and other locations across the San Francisco Bay. Please take a look at our events calendar for more information.