Tom Butt for Richmond City Council The Tom Butt E-Forum About Tom Butt Platform Endorsements of Richmond Councilmember Tom Butt Accomplishments Contribute to Tom Butt for Richmond City Council Contact Tom Butt Tom Butt Archives
  E-Mail Forum
  News From East Brother Light Station
April 4, 2011

Yesterday’s “Garden Party “ at East Brother Lighthouse was a phenomenal success with about 15 volunteers weeding, nurturing native plants and planting a vegetable garden with organic seedlings donated by Pilar Reber of Sunnyside Organic Seedlings.

For a graphic review, visit Lana Husser’s website and click on East Brothers Lighthouse Station.

See the latest East Brother newsletter below:

East Brother Light Station                                     April 2011 

East Brother Light Station Newsletter Header

In This Issue

Now booking whole house events!

Spring brings new life to East Brother

Join Our Mailing List
Sign up for our Special Promotions email list!

East Brother Light Station Inc
EBLS on TripAdvisor.com

Find us on Facebook
Find us on Facebook!

Quick Links

Donations gratefully accepted

Check Room Availability

Dear Tom,

AAAAHHHHHH.....the sweet sound of silence!  The Coast Guard has officially disconnected the foghorn until October 1st, so for all of you who have been waiting  for nice weather and a fog horn-free night, the time has come.  

2011 is better than ever with our new innkeepers, Peter and Dina!   If you haven't been out to see them yet, get movin', because summer on the island is filling up fast.  Don't forget about our day trips, starting Saturdays in May.  Bring the family, or a group of friends out for a relaxing picnic and a day on the  bay. 

We have a new garden, and we want to thank our volunteers for all the hard work they put into it this weekend.  We have kale, and chard, arugula....... so now we can offer you our little farm to family table experience. 

We are also offering last minute deals from time to time.  If you live in the area, sign up for our Special Promotions mailing list, and receive up to $80.00 off the price of night's stay.  Just click the "Join our mailing list"  link to the left and then follow the instructions for the Special Promotions list.  

Let's stay in touch!

East Brother Light Station


Check out our Guests' Reviews on BedandBreakfast.com


Now booking whole house events
$1895.00 (includes all taxes and fees)

  • Customized wine dinner for 10 (including Hors d'oeuvres and Domain Chandon champagne to start things off)
  • Overnight stay for 10 (5 couples) 
  • Full Gourmet breakfast, coffee, teas, and pastries
  • Historical tour
  • Boat shuttle to and from the island

What better way to enjoy an evening with friends or family?  Don't have to worry about taking the roast out on time, what wine to serve, who is going to do the dishes and clean the house afterwards...We'll do it for you!   We will design a custom menu for you, and make sure all your needs are met.   Dinner parties, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, whatever you want to celebrate, we can help you do it.  We're flexible!  

Also hosting daytime events, luncheons, business meetings, etc...  We are flexible, just call us and we will work out the details. 510-233-2885



 Spring brings new life to East Brother
By Peter Berkhout
Despite some 

Goose parents and Goslings

Goslings huddle together for warmth near their watchful parents.

fierce winter 
storms, high 
winds, and a 
tsunami warn-
ing, wildlife on
and around the
island is thriving.  Late 
February brought the discovery of a
nest of Canada 
geese, just underneath a eucalyptus tree on the north side of the island.  The nest was only sometimes observable, because Mother Goose was often sitting on it, just like you read about.  Sometimes she'd take a short break to forage for some food, and we could see nine goose eggs.  

In late March, when doing a weekly nest observation, I discovered that the eggs had hatched, and a gaggle of little goslings was tripping all over each other--literally, they were climbing on top of each other in an effort to stay tightly bunched.  It's amazing how well the coloring of the goslings matches the shades of green in the grass.  Dina went to get her camera, and our guests got up from the breakfast table to see the spectacle.  See a few more shots on our Facebook page.

March and April are also seal pupping season on the bay, so we've


It's pupping season!

been seeing increasing numbers of seals lounging about on West Brother--and even on the sea buoy that we pass on the way to and from the yacht harbor.

Seals are very shy animals, so they rarely venture up onto East Brother, but low tide has found as many as nine seals sunning themselves on West Brother and playing in the currents that rush between the islands.  We've also made sightings from the boat at just about every point between the island and the mainland, usually short-lived before the seal dives below the surface.

There's one other wildlife phenomenon that we have been lucky to witness: a herring run.  A herring run should really be called a Battle Royale between seabirds, because they all get into it: cormorants, pelicans, and gulls all dogfighting in midair, diving to the water to grab a silvery fish, and then having to fend off attackers from all directions trying to take away its prized catch.

If you can't come out to see it for yourself, we'll keep you posted on the late spring and summer wildlife spotting in the next newsletter.


To make a reservation or to find out more about East Brother Light Station, please visit our website at www.ebls.org