Friends of Five Creeks’ Bay Currents talks

on natural history and environmental issues, with emphasis on positive solutions

Second Tuesdays, St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington, Albany

Refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 to 9 PM.


CranesCosumnesJanuary 12: Delta Matters

At the Eastern gateway to our Bay, where California's two great rivers mingle with tides, wildlife-rich marshes, farms, and water supplies for millions hang in the balance. Also at stake: six endangered fish species, as well as homes, highways, pipelines and power lines.

Award-winning nature-interpreter Mike Moran, supervising naturalist at the East Bay Regional Park District’s new Big Break Visitor Center in the Delta, illuminates this many-hued landscape and the living things — including people — that depend on it.

MichaelStockerFish in eel grassFeb. 9: Mysterious Sounds of the "Silent Sea"

Introducing the public to the beautiful sights beneath the sea, Jacques Cousteau called it “The Silent World.” But the ocean --- and our Bay – are filled with a fantastic cacophany of sound. Most sea animals -- from whales and dolphins to lobsters and shrimp — use acoustics to navigate and communicate.

With fascinating recordings, acoustician and naturalist Michael Stocker delves into bio-acoustics beneath the sea, and the effects of manmade sound. Sound engineer for the pioneering 1992 environmental film “Koyaanisqatsi” and designer of soundscapes for projects ranging from the National Holocaust Museum to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stocker also founded Marin’s Ocean Conservation Research and is an important voice in limiting noise pollution in the ocean. His recent book, Hear Where We Are, explores how sound and sound perception affect our sense of self, community and surroundings.

Mar. 8: Engaged Locally and Globally: Young Climate Researchers at UC Berkeley

  • Cecelia Han SpringerAdrienne MarshallRebekah ShirleyIan Bolliger models the Sierra snowpack – and in his spare time works to make tiny houses a solution for low-cost, energy-efficient housing.

  • Cecilia Han Springer studies the political and economic factors that affect sustainability in Chinese eco-cities and heavy industry.

  • Adrienne Marshall, an experienced science educator, works on communicating climate change to California forest landowners.  

  • Rebekah Shirley, from Trinidad-Tobago, studies sustainability for islands – currently, how large dams in Borneo may affect biodiversity and indigenous groups.

Join these energetic, engaged UC Berkeley grad students to glimpse the fascinating range of climate-related research that young people are doing in our back yard – as well as a their aims for the future.   

April 12: Tricks from the Naturalist’s Tool Kit 

How can you become a better observer and naturalist? Join noted naturalist and artist John Muir Laws for a lively evening learning drawing and journaling “tricks” — key tools to help you focus your observations, organize your thoughts, enhance recall of critical details, stimulate creativity, and expand your adventures and discoveries in nature. He will also introduce his new book, The Laws Guide to Nature Journaling and Drawing.

Steeped in nature and stewardship from childhood, Laws founded and hosts the free, family-friendly Bay Area Nature Journal Club, teaches nature drawing throughout the Bay Area, and writes the “Naturalists Notebook” column for Bay Nature magazine. His books include the Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada, Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, and Bay Area Pocket Guides.