Jean gave so much to all of us in Marin, and to the planet at large. Jean shared her passion for birds, wetlands and open space, and contributed countless hours teaching people about the natural world around us.
For more than 20 years she completed a monthly bird census and water salinity tests for, and organized volunteer work parties to remove invasive plants such as French broom. Jean’s efforts to preserve and protect the natural heritage of Marin began as chair of the Terra Linda Springs homeowners group, successfully working to save the hillside on the north side of Terra Linda from development in the early 1970’s. At that time she became a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Rafael General Plan, resulting in the acquisition of much of the open space that surrounds the city.
Her legacy is honored and enjoyed daily by thousands who walk the John and Jean Starkweather Path along San Rafael’s shoreline.