On Saturday, October 17th, Antioch High School students went on their second field outing to the Antioch Dunes. Students had the opportunity to work side by side with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services staff Louis Terrazas. Below are some reflections from the interns themselves!
“Our trip to the Antioch Dunes was really fun, we went to plant native species, removed invasive species, and pick up litter. I had nice time because we were on the beach and find some cool stuff. This trip was really beneficial to the Dunes because we planted homes for the butterflies, removed unnecessary species, and collected a lot of trash, trash that could’ve ended up in the ocean”- Kaila Daniels
“On Saturday we went to the Antioch Dunes to help replant native species, remove invasive species, and pick up litter. This field trip was very fun because of the group I had. It felt very good to know I had helped save an endangered species. I learned that being a group leader in charge of friends is hard. We planted 32 native species, removed 50 x 50 square feet of invasive species, and picked up 100lb of trash”- Danielle Marin
“On Saturday we went to the Antioch Dunes to pick up trash, take out invasive species, and plant naked stem buckwheat. It was fun because it was a good bonding experience and we did something the helps the dunes. It feels great to contribute to the dunes. I learned that taking out invasive species can be hard and that native species can also be invasive. We pick up a lot of trash bags full of trash and a tire! We removed 50 x 50 sq ft of invasive species, and planted 32 naked stem buckwheat”- Cassie Lanphere
“Last Saturday Earth Team went to the Antioch Sand Dunes to clean up litter, remove invasive species and to plant naked stem buckwheat which is the host plant for the endemic endangered metalmark butterfly. I had a really good time bonding with my team and being outdoors on such a nice day. It rained a little too, yay! I love that we have the opportunity to go out and make a change in our environment”- MacKenzie O’Brien