STRAW is seeking volunteers at the Novato Baylands

Volunteering with Point Blue’s Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW) at the Novato Baylands is a fantastic way to get involved in wetland restoration along the shore of San Pablo Bay, through field work and our native plant nursery, while meeting new people who share a passion for this important work.

Volunteer programming is offered Tuesdays and Fridays between 8am-12pm and Wednesday 1-3pm. Tours are also available upon request.

If you are interested in learning more, please email:

Find more information on Point Blue’s website:

Upcoming PG&E Aerial Safety Inspections

PG&E will be in our area using a helicopter and/or drone to inspect the nearby electric towers and equipment. These safety inspections will take place within the next two weeks.

What you can expect

  • During inspections, you may see and hear a helicopter and/or drone flying close to the equipment.
  • They may hover in the same location to perform these inspections, and if they do, it will usually be for less than 30 minutes.
  • Pilots will follow all safety standards and federal regulations.
  • You may also see and hear PG&E and/or contractor trucks in the area

For questions, please contact PG&E at 1-877-295-4949 or email

Moon Jellyfish Spotted in BMK- FAQ

Sue Lattanzio

Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), often referred to as moon jellies, are very simple animals found in the phylum Cnidaria. We do not see them that frequently in BMK   although you may see them at beaches in all oceans of the world except the artic.  Moon Jellyfish are part of a natural balance in our ecosystem.

Here’s a few answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Are they dangerous? They are harmless to humans-  they feed on zooplankton (larval stages of crabs, mussels shrimp, & protozoa). They are called “True Jellyfish” and their body looks like a transparent bell. (The cells they use to immobilize their food cannot penetrate human skin.) They do not need to be removed.
  • What eats them? In the wild larger jellyfish, sometimes birds, larger fish, and turtles. In many parts of the world  humans.
  • What are they made of?  They are mostly made of water and their bodies lack a digestive or circulatory system with no backbone, brain, blood, eyes, ears, or heart. They have 4 rings in the center of the bell called gonads for reproduction. If you hold them in your hand they feel like a blob of jello.
  • Why are they in BMK ?  They come to estuaries and places like BMK to breed.  Reproduction happens in spring early summer and they become adults  (Medusa) which we are now seeing, breeding through early summer and then they die off. The entire moon jelly lifecycle is 8-12 months. So while we see adults now in the lagoons we have been seeing other life cycle stages since last summer.
  • Can we get rid of them? Yes this was asked…They can survive in a variety of habitats, although they may thrive at higher salinities  (sea water above 32 ppt) and prefer water temperature above 60 degrees F,  they can survive in the low salinities we have in BMK lagoons in winter (salinity below 10-20 ppt) and cooler temps (below 50 degrees F) Their environment affects the shape, size, and reproduction of moon jellyfish. 
  • Movement ? They are very graceful when they move forcing water in and out of their bells, and often seen in aquariums as they are easy to keep. They are not strong swimmers and are easily moved by currents and the wind so may accumulate where the wind blows them. So no nothing we can do and the are part of the food chain.
  • Fun Fact: Moon Jellys are eaten in many Asian cultures and add a saltiness to dishes . Some say they taste like a slightly salty oyster.       They can also be used to make ice cream.

Yacht Club Website/News Coming Soon

The Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club Website is currently under construction but shall be up and running soon. On the website, you will find in depth information about individual clubs, events, and ways that you can get involved.