September 1, 2014

Celebrate Coastal Clean up Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, Lower Topanga Creek

 

PHOTO BY ROSI DAGIT

Celebrate Coastal Clean up Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, Lower Topanga Creek

Invasive red swamp crayfish are eating up native frogs, fishes and turtles. The Topanga Creek Stream Team is seeking help on Saturday, Sept. 15 to catch as many as possible. Captured crayfish will go to Nature of Wildworks for food to rehabilitate native wildlife.

The Topanga Creek Stream Team is seeking volunteers for a day of crayfish removal from the waters of Lower Topanga Creek as part of Coastal Clean up Day on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Invasive red swamp crayfish are eating up native frogs, fishes and turtles; come help catch as many as possible. Participants should come prepared to get wet as you will need to hike along the stream; note that exposure to poison oak is possible. All captured crayfish will go to the Nature of Wildworks, to provide food for rehabilitating native wildlife.

Participants should meet at Mile Marker 2.02 bridge on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, located approximately 2 miles north of Pacific Coast Highway by 10 a.m. and plan to stay until noon. Bring bait for use in traps (bacon strips, hotdogs, leftover salami, etc). Strings, weights and dip nets will be provided. Park along the shoulder of the Boulevard near the bridge. Be sure to park outside of the solid white line. Carpools are recommended, as parking is limited.

Children between 5-18 years old need to have a parent sign the volunteer form. Community service credit provided. Organized by the Topanga Creek Stream Team, CA State Parks, RCDSMM, DOC Watershed Coordinator Grant. For further information, contact Rosi Dagit at (310) 455-7528 or rdagit@rcdsmm.org.