Skip to main content

Past Projects

Año Nuevo Island

Año Nuevo Island aerial view

Año Nuevo Island aerial view

San Mateo County Coast, California

Año Nuevo Island Erosion Control and Habitat Restoration

Año Nuevo Island is a crucial California refuge for marine mammals and birds which is rapidly eroding. We have worked with Oikonos, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing ecosystem knowledge, to prevent erosion and restore habitat for burrowing seabirds.

Rhinoceros Auklet on Año Nuevo Island

Burrowing seabirds like the Rhinoceros Auklet have reduced reproduction success because of erosion

Among the hardest hit animals are burrowing seabirds like the rhinoceros auklet, whose burrows often collapse, injuring the birds and resulting in reduced breeding success.

Go Native has tested innovative erosion control methods, determining which materials are both effective and acceptable to the nesting birds.

Año Nuevo Island aerial view

Helicopter transport of erosion control materials to Año Nuevo Island

The first year we moved quantities of erosion control materials, we got a big assist from the Coast Guard, which agreed to transport materials as part of a training mission.

erosion control fabric being installed on Año Nuevo Island

Erosion control fabric being installed on Año Nuevo Island

The focus has been on stabilizing the central terrace region with burlap material and native plants, primarily salt grass (Distichlis spicata) and lizardtail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium).

Año Nuevo Island

Observing the wildlife on Año Nuevo Island as restoration work is underway

With an innovative combination of erosion control, re-vegetation and barriers to exclude sea mammals, we hope to preserve Año Nuevo Island as the vital animal refuge it is.

Contact us to find out how we can help you.