Preparation for Antioch Dunes Restoration Begins

Louis Terrazas discusses invasive plants and the threat they pose to endangered species.

As a new year began, Antioch Earth Team started preparing for their newest project: restoration at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.  For their first meeting of 2018, interns were joined by Louis Terrazas of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  He is a specialist at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, and an expert on restoration and conservation of sensitive species.

The team learned about the two endangered plant species protected at the National Wildlife Refuge, which are the Contra Costa Wallflower and the Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose. They also learned about the endangered Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly and its one and only host plant, the Antioch Dunes Buckwheat.

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Antioch Dunes Evening-Primrose in bloom at the National Wildlife Refuge.

Interns also had the opportunity to hear about different services that the US Fish and Wildlife Service provides, which started an exciting conversation about internships and possible career paths in the environmental field.  In the coming weeks, Antioch Earth Team will put their new knowledge to work, and will begin visiting the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge regularly to lend a hand with restoration efforts.