Contra Costa County:
The area served by the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is most of Contra Costa County, one of
the eight counties in the San Francisco Bay region. The northwest corner of Contra Coast
County touches San Francisco Bay and stretches eastward into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
and Central Valley of California. The heart of our county and our MDAS chapter is the
great, 3849-foot peak of Mt. Diablo itself.
The County has over 50,000 acres of federal wildlife areas, state, regional, and local parks,
preserves, and shorelines. At the annual Christmas Bird Count, MDAS members observe at least 150
bird species in a 24-hour period. Over 650 species of animals and plants have been identified in the
Contra Costa offers a paradise for birders, hikers, families, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Within our area are grasslands, woods, wetlands, canyons, and rivers.
Like much of California, our beloved Contra Costa is increasingly urbanized with
just over 1 million people people living in Contra Costa. Suburban development threatens wilderness
habitat all over the County. MDAS works with other environmental and conservation organizations to preserve and
protect the ecological diversity of Contra Costa.
MDAS Community Involvement:
Heather Farm Habitat Restoration Task Force
As Walnut Creek has grown and park space becomes a premium, much discussion
has arisen over the use of park lands within the city. The City
Council has requested the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission
to develop a new Master Plan for Heather Farm Park. A Task Force
was formed by PROS to study the possibilities and implementation
of the restoring of some of the undeveloped areas in the northern
parts of Heather Farm Park to a natural state. This is to be accomplished
by adding Habitat Restoration to the new Master Plan for the park.
Two members of MDAS, Rosita Harvey and Hugh Harvey, represent the Chapter on the Task Force.
Delta Science Center
The Delta Science Center is being developed on a 40-acre site in
the 1,648-acre Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley. The purpose
of the Center is to provide a site for people of all ages and backgrounds
to appreciate and become active stewards of the Bay-Delta ecosystem,
which is California's most important, and least understood resource.
The Center will offer access to an integrated program of Education,
Research, Restoration, and Recreation. Phase one construction is
now in the permit process. This phase will include construction
of an entry road, parking, utility extensions, restrooms, on-water
pier for wildlife observation, fishing, and mooring of floating
houseboats which will be custom designed as research and education
vessels. MDAS is represented on the Delta Science Center Board by