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Events

Take It Outside, California! Habitat Restoration – Invasive Crayfish Removal

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Join Mountains Restoration Trust to preserve and protect the streams and creeks of the Malibu Creek Watershed. The invasive, non-native crayfish are harmful to the ecosystem of the Santa Monica Mountains. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers 16 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18, must bring state-parent-waiver¬†with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is Required: Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at dsharpton@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203.

redcrayfishAbout Crayfish:

  • Red Swamp Crayfish are native to the South Eastern United States and Northern Mexico
  • They are a freshwater crustacean
  • They can reach 12cm (~ 5 inches) in length
  • They will feed on anything from plant debris to larvae, tadpoles, and snails

Crayfish are detrimental to the ecosystem of the Santa Monica Mountains because they:

  • Prey on native species which drive native populations down, such as the Arroyo Chub, California Newt, California Tree Frog, Baja California Tree Frog, and the Southern California Steelhead Trout.
  • Burrow which causes problems with water quality and creek bed erosion
  • Feed on native plants which cause reduction in plant biodiversity and quantity
  • Can serve as a primary food source for other invasive species such as the largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill
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Cold Creek Preserve Habitat Restoration

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Join Mountains Restoration Trust to help restore streamside habitat and oak woodlands along Cold Creek and Dry Creek in the beautiful Cold Creek Valley Preserve. Volunteers will remove non-native, invasive plants, remove old plant cages, collect native grass and perennial seeds, and learn about the native plants we are saving! This chaparral and oak woodland area is rich in diversity. Will work under supervision of MRT tech crew from 9am-12pm. Please arrive by 8:45am. Recieve community service credit.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a signed copy of the Parental Consent Form and volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

What to Bring: Bring a snack, a lot of water, sunscreen and a hat. Wear sturdy footwear and prepare to get dirty. Gloves and tools will be provided but you may bring your own work gloves if desired.

Registration is Required: Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact Tom Hayduk at (818) 746-6269 day of event or MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203.

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Invasive Crayfish Removal Open House – Tapia Park

invasive-crayfish-removal-open-house-event-imageJoin Mountains Restoration Trust to preserve and protect the streams and creeks of the Malibu Creek Watershed. The invasive, non-native crayfish are harmful to the ecosystem of the Santa Monica Mountains. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers 16 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18, must bring this form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is Required: Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at dsharpton@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203.

redcrayfishAbout Crayfish:

  • Red Swamp Crayfish are native to the South Eastern United States and Northern Mexico
  • They are a freshwater crustacean
  • They can reach 12cm (~ 5 inches) in length
  • They will feed on anything from plant debris to larvae, tadpoles, and snails

Crayfish are detrimental to the ecosystem of the Santa Monica Mountains because they:

  • Prey on native species which drive native populations down, such as the Arroyo Chub, California Newt, California Tree Frog, Baja California Tree Frog, and the Southern California Steelhead Trout.
  • Burrow which causes problems with water quality and creek bed erosion
  • Feed on native plants which cause reduction in plant biodiversity and quantity
  • Can serve as a primary food source for other invasive species such as the largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill
Read more