Clapper Breeding season finished until next February

July 28, 2005

Western Stege Marsh of the RFS is home to a rare federally listed endangered species, the California clapper rail (Railis longirostris obsoletus). Once common in the Bay Area, rail populations plummeted to around 1000 by the end of the 20th century. The clapper rail breeding season officially designated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service extends from February 1 to August 31. No disturbance is allowed within 200 feet of breeding habitat during that period, which is the reason why marsh remediation work only occurs in the Fall, after September 1. Please avoid disturbing the rail during breeding season by keeping to the Bay Trail and connecting trails