Red swamp crayfish, procambarus clarkii, is an invasive species in the Malibu Creek Watershed. They compete with native wildlife for food and living space, and have no true predators in Southern California water systems to keep their populations in check. They also heavily contribute to the erosion of creek banks. Mountains Restoration Trust’s Aquatic Restoration team is working to safely remove the crayfish, as well as other invasive aquatic species. Volunteers will help us remove crayfish from traps, re-bait the traps, check water quality, etc. Our techs and biologists will be working side by side with the volunteers educating them about invasive aquatic species, the impact that they have, the impact that removing them has, and trends that we’ve seen in the rehabilitation of native aquatic species in some of our work sites.
Have any questions, or just want to get involved? Contact us at email@example.com or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203.
As this is an ongoing project, we welcome students whenever they can commit some time to volunteer with us. Should students wish for a more organized volunteer experience, we are happy to create an event specifically for a group of UCLA students. All we would need is a date, time frame, and headcount of students who wish to participate, and we will be happy to put that event together.
Tags: environment, education