Brooks Island is a 65 acres (26 ha), mostly flat strip of land extending from a round hill which peaks at 163 ft (50 m) in San Francisco Bay, located just south of the Richmond Inner Harbor in Richmond, California.
Geography and geology
Flora and fauna
The island hosts salt marshes, tidal flats and has a rise of 163 ft (50 m). It is home to many bird species, including herons and egrets, and provides their nesting sites. Some parts of the islands are off limits to visitors to protect nesting sites. Other names for the island include: Isla de Cármen, Rocky Island, Bird Island, and Sheep Island.
Native American Ohlones lived on the island for over 2,000 years, sustained by the abundant sea life. The Europeans conquerors, first the Spaniards and Mexicans and later the Americans used the island as a quarry, sheep farm and a shrimp factory.
It is now part of the East Bay Regional Park District, Brooks Island Regional Shoreline.
Brooks Island is visible in the left hand side of the image across from the Port of Richmond.
- Brooks Island Regional Shoreline at the East Bay Regional parks District website
-  on the history and wildlife of the island.