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Explore the Natural Wonders of the Antioch Sand Dunes

July 20, 2017

A very special treat is waiting for East Contra Costa County residents and visitors. On the second Saturday of each month, the public is invited to Explore the Antioch Sand Dunes. This unique ecosystem is a protected National Wildlife Refuge, and normally closed to public access. The next docent-led tour will be held on Saturday, August 12th.

The guided tours highlight the flora and fauna of this sensitive natural wonder. The Antioch Sand Dunes provide critical habitat for three endangered species, one butterfly and two desert plants. Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly has been on the endangered species list since 1976, while the Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose and Contra Costa Wallflower were added in 1978.

The Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly is such a specialized species that there is only one plant on which they lay eggs, upon Naked-Stemmed Buckwheat. This bare-stemmed Lange_metal_mark_butterfly_apodemia_mormo_langeiWIKKIPublicDMNgrain provides food for the butterfly larvae. By preserving the buckwheat which naturally grows along the Antioch Dunes, we can help preserve this very rare butterfly.

Other wildlife you can find at Antioch Dunes includes birds such as Great Blue Herons, Osprey, and Red Throated Loons. Fish species include Chinook Salmon, Starry Flounder, and Chameleon Goby. All in all, there are almost 60 different types of birds and over 30 varieties of fish, making the Antioch Dunes a truly diverse ecosystem worth protecting.

The once-a-month docent-led tours offer you an incredible experience to get up close and explore one of Contra Costa County’s natural treasures. When you are ready to sell your home, you want to work with an experienced Realtor®, one who can make the process smooth and stress free. Contact my team and I; you can count on us to help with all your real estate needs. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at

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