On Saturday I participated in the first annual Wildlife Refuge Amazing Race at Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Since it was the first year, it was a small event with ten teams of 2-5 people each. I look forward to them working out the kinks and offering the event to a larger number of people next year!
The race consisted of five activity stations scattered throughout the Refuge. At the beginning, our team of five received the coordinates to the first station. Upon arriving, we went through an entertaining exercise of bird identification, then received our coordinates for stage 2. By the end of the afternoon we had identified birds, measured water salinity, cast a fishing pole, sketched native grasses, and learned about the endangered species within the preserve. We also managed to get a bit of exercise, walking a little over four miles as we raced from station to station.
I haven’t visited Don Edwards in several years and the Race made for a nice afternoon of exploring the area. Our team came in first (yay us), winning a small prize and of course taking away bragging rights. I wonder how many teams will be challenging us for the title next year?