8th State of Tomales Bay Conference Presentations

Schedule last updated December 17, 2023

Inverness Yacht Club.

State of Tomales Bay Conference 2023 Agenda

Conservation Challenges with Climate Changing


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Friday, September 29, 2023, 8:30am to 5:30 pm

8:30 AM        Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM         Welcome – Tom Gaman, Chair – Tomales Bay Foundation 

Master of Ceremonies – Amanda Eichstaedt, KWMR

9:15 AM         KEYNOTE – Sasha Berleman; Fire Ecologist, ACR. Prescribed Fire and the Future of the Bay Area

10:00 AM      Matt Kondolf UC Berkeley, Our Cities and Environmental Change: Giving Room to Natural Processes  

 10:30   Break

10:45 AM     Leslie Lacko, Marin County, Sea-level Rise & the Tomales Bay Living   Shoreline Program

11:15 AM     Ben Rubinoff University of Washington, Biodiversity, benthic habitat, and biological invasions in Tomales Bay

11:45 AM      STUDENT PANEL – Tomales Bay Foundation Research Grant recipients:

Keira Monuki, Understanding the pathways to rampant invasion in a newly introduced sea anemone in Tomales Bay

David Mitchell, Improving restoration success and Phytophthora disease protection for native riparian trees and shrubs.

Frankie Gerraty, Marine Mammal Subsidies to California Coast Coyotes

12:30 PM      Lunch – Zero Waste (provided)

1:20 PM Honoring Richard Plant’s lifetime contributions to Tomales Bay (Gene Ptak, Michael Whitt, Axel Nelson)

1:30 PM         AFTERNOON THEME– Science and Conservation Guide Stewardship in a Changing Climate

1:30 PM Scott Jennings, 30 years of monitoring Tomales Bay waterbirds: using local factors and regional context to understand long term change

1:50 PM Mia Monroe, National Park Service, A case study in preserving biodiversity – Monarch Butterflies:  Milkweed, Nectar Plants & Enhancing Habit. 

2:10 PM Sarah Skinker, Marin Resource Conservation District; Carbon Farming & the Marin Carbon Project 

2:30 PM Heidi Gregory, Tomales Bay Oyster Company; Aquaculture

2:50 PM        Break

3:10 PM         Anne Altman, Point Reyes National Seashore, Tourism and Recreation Adaptations in the face of Climate Change

3:30 PM        Cyndy Shafer & Bree Hardcastle, California State Parks,  Tomales Bay State Parks Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project

3:50 PM        Tom Gaman, Tomales Bay Foundation. Accomplishing a Restoration Project.  Chicken Ranch Beach Case Study

4:10 PM        Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, Summary of the day. 

4:25 PM        Social Hour (Soft drinks provided)



Saturday September 30.  10 a.m. Hiking tour of Millerton Creek Ranch.  Mike Giammona, Rancher. $25 donation.

Sunday October 1, 9:30 a.m. 4 hour Kayak Tour of Tomales Bay (departs from Miller Park next to Nick’s Cove).

$115 donation. Register at Blue Waters Kayaking