With John Granatir
Many Bay Area residents may not realize that there is a 7,847-acre estuarine wilderness right in their own backyard. Spend the day kayaking around Drakes Estero, one of California’s most pristine estuaries and home to some of the healthiest eelgrass beds in the region. These beds will be easily seen from our kayaks, enabling us to view the ways in which they provide shelter for the countless invertebrates that form the basis of the complex food chain that makes this ecosystem so diverse and exciting. As we paddle, we will be on the lookout for wildlife on the surrounding hillsides and watch the water for bat rays and leopard sharks. The bird life in this area is not to be missed, and we will be treated to views of shorebirds feeding in the rich mud and waterbirds feeding on schools of herring, anchovies and sardines.