Calendar of Events
Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors
Join Friends of Five Creeks Weekday Weed Warriors, 10 am - noon at varied East Bay restoration areas -- including others' projects -- for a couple of hours' outdoor work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here to be notified of locations.
Sat., Nov. 14, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help remove invasives in El Cerrito's beautiful Hillside Natural Area!
Meet at the King Court entrance, west end of one-block King Court, below the intersection of King and Shevlin, El Cerrito. Map, including walking route from AC Transit 7, here. We'll follow the "high road," with beautiful views, working as we go, aiming for a large meadow where we removed dense broom a year ago. Tools, gloves, water, and snacks provided. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. No RSVP needed -- just show up! We work in a drizzle, but heavy rain cancels. Info: 510 848 9358 or email@example.com.
Bay Currents talk Tues., Nov. 10: "Zombees -- and other Pollinator Tales!"
The insect kingdom is full of strange tales -- few more strange than how a tiny North American fly learned to parasitize honeybees, which then show zombie-like suicidal behavior. Hear the fascinating story and learn more about native pollinators from Dr. John Hafernik, professor of biology at San Francisco State since 1977 and past president of the California Academy of Sciences. A specialist in the evolution and conservation biology of insects, Prof. Hafernik discovered the "zombees" and founded the nationwide "zombee watch" citizen-science project to track spread of the parasite.
Free Bay Currents talk are at the lovely St. Alban's Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano), Albany; refreshments 7 PM, talks 7:30 PM. Free, but seating is limited. This is the last fall talk; schedule here. Sign up here to get notices of the spring schedule and our monthly e-news that includes them.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 - 11 AM: Giving Thanks for the Wild Kingdom -- Walk for Ages 50+
Walkers Age 50+: Get ready for Thanksgiving with Ranger Bob Flasher on an easy walk appreciating open space, greenery, turkeys, deer, and more. Meet at 9 AM at the Albany Community Center lobby, 1249 Marin (at Masonic; AC Transit 18). Walks are co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center and are free, with no RSVP needed. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., Dec. 5, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Plant natives, remove trash and invasives on Cerrito Creek at the foot of Albany Hill!
Join us in our last work party of the year, as we plant natives (unless there has been no rain) and remove trash and invasives on Cerrito Creek at the foot of Albany Hill. Meet at El Cerrito's Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (map here; 3499 Santa Clara Ave. on Internet maps; AC Transit 72 or 25, or 5-minute walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART). Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. No RSVP needed -- just show up! We work in a drizzle, but heavy rain cancels. Info: 510 848 9358 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 - 11 AM: Strawberry Creek Campus Stroll for Ages 50+
Walkers Age 50+: Join F5C Vice-President Shirley Jowell exploring Strawberry Creek and UC Campus history on an easy walk exploring restored natural areas, hidden glades, and campus buildings old and new -- even a log cabin! Meet at 9 AM at the globe sculpture, east side of Oxford Street near Center. Walks are co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center and are free, with no RSVP needed. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No invasives-mapping walk in Tilden November or December -- fourth Thursdays are holidays. We'll resume January 28!
If you're interested in these easy walks using CalFlora's apps to map invasives or natives, get in touch -- we'll put you on the list to be notified. If you want to use your cell phone, tell us whether it's Iphone or Android, so that we can send the correct instructions.
We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company, religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us for information.
For volunteer opportunities and nature-oriented events Bay-wide, including a clickable map of volunteer opportunities, see the Bay Nature Calendar.