Join Friends of Albany Hill on the last Saturday of each month to eradicate invasives and pick up trash on Albany Hill, a city park covered with eucalyptus trees but harboring surprising biodiversity. Barbara Ertter, co-author of Annotated Checklist of the East Bay Flora, documented over 100 native plants on the hill and surrounding Cerrito Creek in 1999. Migrating monarch butterflies roost in the eucalyptus every year from September to March. Two UC entomologists documented over 100 species of moths and butterflies on the hill in the late 1990s, birdwatchers have counted over 50 species of birds, and over 50 species of bryophytes (mosses and related plants) have been found there. To get on our email list, contact Margot Cunningham at
Saturdays, July 4, August 2, and August 16, Point Isabel, on the Bay Trail next to the dog 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. Contact info: Tom Kelly (510) 704-8628 (work), (510) 684-6484 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garber Park July-August Habitat Restoration Workdays: Tuesday, July 6 and Saturday, July 25; Tuesday, August 4 and Saturday August 22. 10 am-noon.
Join us as we continue removing fire prone invasive weeds in Garber. Meet at the Claremont Ave. entrance to Garber where we will continue our push to clear Algerian ivy from the parking area, along the trail, and in Fern Glade. For those who enjoy working on steep slopes the Evergreen Restoration Site needs your help in removing poison hemlock and erhardta grass. Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes with good tread, and bring a water bottle. We provide water, snacks, tools, and gloves. For directions (public transportation and car), maps and further information visit www.garberparkstewards.org or contact Shelagh email@example.com.
Shelagh BrodersenVolunteer Coordinator, Garber Park Stewards
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 510-540-1918
It’s time again to get out on the trails and pull some broom! Our pulls in July are Saturday, the 11th from 9:00 – 1:00 and Sunday, the 12th from 9:30 – 1:30. We will not be having a pull on July 4th. We will continue on the Baccharis trail. Meet at Redwood Bowl, next door to the Chabot Space and Science Center on Skyline Blvd. As usual we will serve delicious snacks and beverages. There is no need to register. Just show up and join in on the fun! If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me.
Hope to see you there,
Saturday, July 18, Wood Park Workday 10 am to noon, Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) Annual Meet & Greet Potluck noon to 2 pm
Come early for the neighborhood workday, stay for this annual get together that brings together native plant lovers, community leaders, and FOSC volunteers, board members, and staff. Wood Park is located just below I-580 north of Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland. See www.sausalcreek.org >Programs > Event Calendar for details, including directions and a flyer.
Sundays, July 26 and August 30, 10 am to 2 pm, Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) Trail Stewardship Crew
Join FOSC’s new monthly crew to restore trails in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. See www.sausalcreek.org > Programs > Event Calendar for details on each workday.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, starting at the Stamm Unit and ending at the Antioch Public library, we are planning a 4.5 hour bioblitz at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge (ADNWR).
On the iNaturalist link http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/antioch-dunes-national-wildlife-refuge-bioblitz for this event, it says:
“A Bio-Blitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and volunteer citizen-scientists together. We’ll look for birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects, spiders, trees, flowers, and mushrooms, even slime molds!
You bring your smart phone and tons of enthusiasm. We’ll rally some experts and folks who know the area. Together we’ll make some science!”
Any of you fine folks can blitz on your own, lead small groups of blitzers around a designated area of Stamm Unit or both. It’s up to you, but please let me know if you are interested in doing any of these.
Schedule: 8:30 am to 9:00 am, intros and background about ADNWR, why we are having a bioblitz, what we hope to accomplish with citizen scientists, directions on what to do, and area assignments handed out.
9:00 am to 11:30 am, bioblitz with photography
11:30 am to 12:00 pm, head over to Antioch Library at 501 W. 18th Street, Antioch, 94509
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, light refreshments provided. Download photos to INaturalist (free wifi) and wrap up session.
How to register for free Bioblitz: http://www.inaturalist.org/ projects/antioch-dunes- national-wildlife-refuge- bioblitz
Don’t forget to download the I Naturalist app: Android App on Google Play or App Store on iTunes for Apple.
Hope to see you at the first ADNWR Bioblitz!
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Antioch Dunes NWR/Alameda Point
P.O. Box 159
Alameda, CA 94501
Sunol Regional Wilderness – Old Green Barn Visitor Center
Protect tarantula habitat! Help Sunol fight the spread of invasive stinkwort and orchard grass while learning about the park’s native plants and animals. Tough gloves and treats provided. For more information, call Naturalist Katie Colbert at (510) 544-3243 or email email@example.com.
Registration is required. Call 888-EBPARKS, Option 2, and reference the course number.
Saturday July 25, 10am-noon, Course # 9854
Sunday August 16, 10am-noon, Course # 10263
Saturday September 5, 10am-noon, Course # 10463