09/30 Richmond Ave Marsh Spartina Alterniflora Seed Collection

Date: 09/30/2022

Location: STATEN ISLAND
Staten Island, Staten Island

Meeting Location: Arthur Kill Road and Ladd Avenue

Description: Volunteer with the Greenbelt Native Plant Center staff for this unique opportunity to help collect Saltmarsh Cordgrass (spartina alterniflora) seed heads to use in future plant production! Spartina alterniflora is a critical species for our city’s coastal wetlands where it provides habitats for inter-tidal species like fiddler crabs and mussels, both of which help to reduce pollution levels in our waters. The marsh’s fall beauty is expansive and it is common to see many large birds (like egrets, ospreys, and herons) and other marsh wildlife while collecting. Volunteers will wade into the marsh and clip seed heads off the plants using hand clippers and place them into a bag. Come dressed in rubber boots, long pants, sun protection and clothing that can get dirty - the ground in the marsh can be uneven, there is a chance you could get wet (long sleeves are recommended). Please be sure to bring your own water bottle and come prepared for hot and sunny conditions in the marsh. No experience necessary, volunteers will be trained in proper seed collection technique. Space is limited and registration is REQUIRED. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule:

Day of week Start time End time
Friday 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

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