Jan 14, 2015
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This Chevron Speaks item was authored by Pascha McAlister, Environmental Specialist at Chevron Richmond:

Many of our neighbors might be surprised to know that the Richmond Refinery is home to many different species, including hundreds of species of birds and acres of protected wetlands.

The Richmond Water Enhancement Experimental Wetland, which is on 90 acres of former effluent treatment ponds, serves as a resting spot for migratory waterfowl. Deep channels and dense areas of reeds and duck mounds create an attractive environment for waterfowl. During the spring and fall, a variety of shorebirds seek refuge in the marsh. Presently there are 103 different species of birds that use this new habitat. In addition, just northeast of the refinery we helped restore 250 acres of Wildcat Creek Marsh, including forming slough channels to the saltwater marsh. The wetlands and other underdeveloped areas of the refinery now provide a critical habitat for two endangered species – the Salt Harvest Mouse and the California Clapper Rail.

We’ve also recently partnered with the International Bird Rescue, East Bay Regional Park District, and the Richmond Police Activities League to release eight black-crowned night herons and snowy egrets into Breuner Marsh, which is undergoing restoration. We also work hard to protect nearby osprey, a common raptor species that is protected federally and can be found throughout the Bay Area. The refinery works to ensure our osprey neighbors do not build nests at undesirable locations for their protection.

We are proud of these efforts, which are an integral part of our commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.


  1. Hello,

    I would like to add my thanks to Chevron’s effort to the work already done protecting wild lfe on and near the Chevron facility. I am a wildlife and nature photographer and was very gratified recently when Chevron erected on their property, at least one and perhaps more platforms upon which Osprey’s have built their nests! I have been fortunate to take some beautiful photo images of these once scarce raptors at the Chevron platform who have now established a presence at the Chevron property. I would be happy to show Chevron officials these photos of which I am sure they would be duly proud. Your article also notes the work in the marsh areas adjacent to Chevron property being good habitat for other endangerd birds, such as the California Clapper Rail. I was also very fortunate to capture photo images locally of this magnificant bird. Kudos to Chevron for this unsung effort to protect and encourage habitat on and near their property. Please call me at 510-235-6246 for more information about my “Chevron Birds”. Please see my album at the Bay Trails Facebook page by clicking on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.865122826838138.1073741835.222992104384550&type=3


    Allan Jensen

    Allan Jensen | Jan 31st, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.