This is one of eight embroidered patches created for the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex via the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. These patches are awarded to volunteers as they complete a set number of work hours at each Refuge, and are sold at the Visitor’s Center to help raise money to support volunteer efforts.
Each patch represents key species found in one of the seven Refuges, with an additional patch representing the complex as a whole. I worked closely with Refuge biologists to ensure each species was rendered faithfully within the 10-color limit imposed by the embroidery process.
In the patch representing Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a snowy egret (Egretta thula) soars above the outline of the Marin Islands.
Rising 85 feet above water, Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge supports the largest heron and egret rookery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Situated in a prime location along the pacific flyway for migratory birds, the refuge provides submerged tidelands, mixed evergreen forest, coastal prairie, coastal salt marsh and northern coastal scrub habitat.