Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, February 18, Pt. Isabel restoration in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Just off I-580 (take Central to the bottom of the I-580 overpass). At the stop sign (Rydin Road) turn right and come down to the end of the street. If you pass Costco on your right, you’ve gone too far.
You’ll find us on the trail.

Tom Kelly
KyotoUSA
www.kyotousa.org
www.heliosproject.org
Phone and Fax: (510) 704-8628
Cell: (510) 684-6484
tkelly@kyotousa.org

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9 am-noon Sabercat Creek Habitat Restoration, Site 5 (Becado Place) 
Registration is required. Please visit www.fremont.gov/SabercatRestoration. Click on the “Eventbrite” hyperlink to find the pages for upcoming events. Heavy rain cancels the event.

No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty (sturdy closed-toe shoes/boots, long pants, hat, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirt recommended). Bring a signed waiver form, a reusable water bottle, and community service hours forms, if applicable. We’ll provide tools, some gloves, and water to refill bottles. If you wish to bring your own gloves or tools, please label them. 
For more questions or comments, please contact Sabrina Siebert at ssiebert@fremont.gov or call 510-494-4570.

Sabrina Siebert
Special Assistant
City of Fremont Environmental Services Division

Saturday, February 4, 10 am –1:00 pm, rain date for Garber Park Stewards Fern Glade Workshop with Lech Naumovich. This is a great hands-on class to identify native ferns that you may find amid the French broom and Algerian ivy and an opportunity to help expand this successful restoration area. Dress in layers for the changing weather and shoes with good tread. We provide tools, snacks and water. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber. See January Bay Leaf for the original announcement or www.garberparkstewards.org, or email Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the monthly North Basin restoration meets at Eastshore State Park, on the bay shoreline south of Tom Bates soccer fields, to continue clearing radish and other invasives from around the native plants. A map of the area can be found at https://goo.gl/rqdZQW. For directions to the work site or more information about this project, contact John Kenny (johnkenny54@yahoo.com).

Saturday, February 11, 9 am -12 pm, PAL Camp, 10100 Skyline Boulevard (address not posted at location). Please join us for a volunteer work party at the open space surrounding the Police Activities League’s “PAL Camp” to pull French broom and other invasive weeds. Due to lack of city money, it has been un-maintained and overgrown. We will simultaneously help restore native vegetation, protect the pallid manzanita on site, reduce the hazardous fuel load in an area close to homes, and make PAL Camp more attractive and fire safe for the inner city kids who use the park.

Meet at the yellow gate on the east side of Skyline Boulevard across from Big Trees Trailhead in Joaquin Miller Park. This is south of Chabot Observatory; about a block and a half south of the Metropolitan Horseman’s Association at 10060 Skyline and the Redwood Bowl Parking lot, and north of Roberts Regional Park.

Wendy Tokuda

Saurday, February 11, 10 am -12:30 pm, help plant natives on beautiful Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill
With welcome rains, this is a great time to help resilient and beautiful native plants get established on Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill.​ Learn about the history of this fascinating urban oasis! Tools, gloves, water, and snacks provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and dress in layers, prepared for changing weather. All ages welcome — there’s a climbing structure for the very young. Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Avenue (3488 Santa Clara on Internet maps). We work in a drizzle, but heavy rain moves to Saturday., February 18.

Groups of 10 or more please RSVP. Otherwise, just show up! Questions? Email Friends of Five Creeks, f5creeks@gmail.com, or check our web site at www.fivecreeks.org.

Susan Schwartz, President, Friends of Five Creeks
510 848 9358
f5creeks@gmail.com
www.fivecreeks.org

Saturday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve. This botanic preserve almost always has something in bloom, but early February this year should provide unusually abundant manzanitas and western leatherwoods in flower. Not to mention that the rain has finally softened the ground and made pulling weeds much easier. Join us at the parking lot at 9:30 am to get gloves, tools and snacks, but come early or stay late to take in the flowers. Directions: From Highway 13, exit at Park, cross 13 going uphill from the ramp, and then turn left onto Mountain. Follow Mountain to the traffic light at Snake, and then turn right (uphill) on Snake and follow it all the way to its other end at the intersection of Snake and Skyline, roughly two miles. Turn left onto Skyline, and follow it several hundred meters to find the Huckleberry parking lot on the right side.

Saturday, February 18, 10 am-noon, Garber Park. Please join us as we continue pulling invasive weeds and planting seedlings we have grown from our own Garber Park seeds. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance. We provide tools, snacks and water. Everyone welcome. For more information and directions: www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh garberparkstewards@gmail.com.

 

 

Wall of broom at Sibley Regional Park. Photo by Wendy Tokuda.

Wall of broom at Sibley Regional Park. Photo by Wendy Tokuda.

Sunday, February 19 at 9:00 am, Sibley Regional Park. Join us to push back the notorious wall of broom from some otherwise healthy oak woodland and purple needlegrass prairie on the Sibley-to-Tilden trail. If you are arriving from Oakland or points south, you can meet us at the Skyline parking lot, about 1/3 mile north of the Huckleberry parking lot. If you are coming from Berkeley, Orinda, or points further east, you can park at the Old Tunnel Road staging area, but e-mail janetgawthrop47@gmail.com or sibley@ebparks.org so we know to expect you. The last several months have featured increasing amounts of water in a creek that ran dry last summer, with choruses of frogs in the background.

Saturday, February 25, 9:30-11:30 am join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work party, location to be announced. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. Heavy rain cancels. For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com .

Margot Cunningham

 

Wishing everyone a turn of luck for the better with the start of the lunar new year.

Janet Gawthrop