Quick Facts

  • The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance (PWA) is a committee of Madrone Audubon and a partner with the City of Petaluma
  • Petaluma Public Wetlands are: Shollenberger Park, Alman Marsh, and Ellis Creek
  • Shollenberger Park is named after Fruiticose LichensRichard Shollenberger, former park chief
  • Shollenberger has three purposes – dredge-spoils site, park trail, and habitat for wildlife
  • Shollenberger was opened in 1996
  • Location has been used as dredge-spoils site since the 1970s
  • Last dredging of Petaluma River channel was in 2003
  • Marina dredge spoils are also deposited at this site
  • Shollenberger loop trail is 2.03 miles
  • Trail from Petaluma Sheraton to the Shollenberger iron bridge is 0.9 miles
  • Ellis Creek, opened in July 2009, has over three miles of trails and connects to Shollenberger
  • Habitats: seasonal pond, freshwater channels, upland, tidal salt marsh, and riparian areas
  • Over 220 bird species have been identified at Shollenberger/Alman Marsh
  • Over 150 plant species have been identified at Shollenberger/Alman Marsh
  • On this website are hundreds of photos of the animals and plants found in these wetlands
  • On an average day over 400 people walk the Shollenberger loop trail
  • The public uses the park to enjoy nature, walk their dogs, picnic, photograph, jog, etc.
  • PRBO Conservation Science is located at the southeast corner of Shollenberger
  • There are over 50 active volunteer park docents (2012)
  • Park docents provide educational service to 800-900 local schoolchildren each year
  • Educational services are provided at no expense to the schools
  • Park docents provide tours for hundreds of adults each year
  • Park docents do research on Tree Swallows, heron/egret colonies, and monthly bird surveys
  • Park docents remove nonnative plants and plant native species
  • Thousands of native plants have been introduced as part of Habitat Restoration

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