Palo Alto's Baylands remains oil free, Senior Ranger Daren Anderson said Wednesday afternoon, minutes after he had completed a six-hour kayak tour of the shore.
"I didn't find any oil, thank goodness, or any birds with oil," Anderson said. He plans to keep monitoring the shore.
Anderson went all the way north to Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto.
Open Space and Parks Manager Greg Betts said in an internal memo that city staff are keeping in contact with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District staff and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists who monitor the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.
If any oily birds are found, Betts said they will be taken to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia. City staff are prepared to catch and transport affected wildlife humanely, Betts said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard Unified Command said Wednesday that oil has reached Redwood City and she did not know if it was expected to spread farther south.
A map produced Tuesday by the California Dept. of Fish and Game, however, depicts the Palo Alto Baylands in red, indicating the shoreline is closed.
Kayakers and windsurfers can still use the Palo Alto Sailing Station, according to Betts' memo.