Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On
All-volunteer Friends of Five Creeks works hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people, from Berkeley to Richmond on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projects. Please join us in:
New and Seasonal:
Thurs., Jan. 18, 9-11 AM: Shoreline walk for ages 50+
Walkers age 50+: Explore birds, history, and how people are helping nature return to the Berkeley shoreline at McLaughline East Shore State Park. Led by F5C's John Kenny and Susan Schwartz. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, 598 University Ave., south side of University Avenue just west of I-80. Easily reached by AC Transit 81 or 51B, or walk or bike via the Bay Trail. Sorry, no dogs on this walk. Easy, level walk, but some trails may be muddy or slippery. Heavy rain cancels. Co-sponsored with Albany Senior Center. Info: email@example.com. Free, no RSVP needed.
Thurs., Feb. 15: Open Space and Skyscrapers walk
Discover lush gardens, waterfalls, exciting art, and welcoming plazas amid booming San Francisco’s skyscrapers. Architectural expert David Weinstein leads this joint walk with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Meet at 10 AM at the Crown Zellerbach Building, 1 Bush Plaza at Market St., 2 blocks east of Montgomery St. BART.
Sat., Feb. 17, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Pull invasive, fire-prone French broom in beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area
Join F5C and El Cerrito Green Teams reducing fire danger and encouraging natives in the 100-acre El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, with great views. Meet at the north end of Regency Court (1591 Regency Court on Internet maps). Map here. Tools, gloves, snacks, and good company supplied. Dress in layers for changing weather, with long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction -- poison oak is always a possibility. Bring a re-usable water bottle. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups of more than 5 please RSVP; otherwise, just show up.
Tues., Feb. 20, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talk: Climate, Fire, and the Future of our Forests
We all know the earth is warming -- but what do we know about how that may affect California's varied plants and animals, including humans? Learn about recent findings, including what is known so far of impacts of the recent North Bay fires, from Dr. David Ackerly, UC Berkeley Professor of Integrative Biology. Dr. Ackerly's work focuses on how climate change is affecting California's biodiversity. Much of his research is carried out at Pepperwood Preserve near Santa Rosa. Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM at St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany. Talks are free but seating is limited. Full spring schedule here.
Details on these and other F5C events on our calendar page.