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Volunteer workdays continued on October 1, when a terrific crew of stalwart volunteers cleared cattails, bulrushes, and reeds from the northeast corner of pHake Lake. The little island there is a prime spot for viewing waterfowl and other wildlife at the lake, but the view had been completely blocked by the cattails and bulrushes. The […]

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First volunteer workday of 2016-2017

The first BFS Volunteer workday for 2016-2017 academic year was held Saturday, September 17, when 14 volunteers, including Claremont Colleges faculty and students, Citrus College students, and community members, cleared cattails from the south shore of pHake Lake, where this heavily used lake access point had become almost unusable. Here are some photos of the […]

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Last of the cattails … for this year

This past Saturday’s volunteer workday was the last day of cattail removal for this year. The warm November weather enabled us to get in enough workdays to do the necessary clearing despite the earlier spate of canceled workdays. The volunteers concentrated on the area near and around the little island in the northeast corner of […]

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With threats of rain, fire, and West Nile virus all abated, we took advantage of the fine warm weather to resume cattail management at pHake Lake on November 8. Volunteers worked on the south shore of the lake – a favorite spot for classes and researchers to observe wildlife at the lake and collect lake […]

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October 18 volunteer workday canceled!

The BFS has still not received an “all-clear” for the presence of West Nile Virus, so the October 18 workday is canceled! We expect the volunteer days to resume a normal schedule in November. Please check the BFS Volunteer Page for details.

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October 4 Volunteer Workday Canceled!

Nature has conspired to create a couple of heightened risks for working at the BFS this weekend, and, just to be safe, we’ve canceled the this Saturday’s volunteer workday. Here’s what’s going on: Heightened fire danger: Beginning tonight and continuing into next week, our area is expecting unusually high temperatures, extremely low humidity, and high […]

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Cattail cutting continues…

September 20 was another wet volunteer workday as cattail clearing continued. Students from Citrus College, Harvey Mudd College, and the University of California Riverside together with community members and siblings and children did a terrific job of finishing up clearing around the boat landing and making major inroads on clearing around the little island at […]

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BFS 2014-2015 Volunteer Workdays started with a splash, as volunteers plunged into pHake Lake to cut back cattails around the boat landing area. Here you can see some of them at work:       Cattail cutting will be continuing for the next few workdays. If you’re up for getting wet and muddy, come cool […]

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New vegetation is coming up in the that area burned last September in the Foothill Fire. Part of the burn area is in the east field, which was once cleared and was covered with a mixture of non-native grasses and recovering coastal sage scrub. A cursory look at this area gives the impression that a […]

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Clearing the lake trail

At the BFS Saturday workdays, volunteers not only improve habitat but also maintain and improve usability for students and researchers. For example, our first two workdays of the spring semester were dedicated to clearing the (badly overgrown) trail around pHake Lake and clearing brush from sites used by students to collect lake water for aquatic […]

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