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Calendar of Events

Every Tuesday, 10 AM - noon: Weekday Weed Warriors

Help care for nature in the city with 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 f5creeks@gmail.com or sign up here to be notified of locations. No obligation and no RSVP needed -- just show up when you can!

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. Please note: This month's talk is on the third Tuesday of the month, not the usual second Tuesday.

Thurs., Feb. 22, 10 AM - noon: Map invasives using cell phones

Join a small group mapping invasives with CalFlora's cell-phone app. No experience needed -- we will teach you. Contact F5creeks@gmail.com for instructions and meeting place. 

Sat., Mar. 10, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Join UC student volunteers removing invasive Cape ivy in Tilden Regional Park.

On Berkeley Project day, twice a year, thousands of UC student volunteers fan out to do project to help the local community. Residents are invited to join in. This year, we'll be removing Cape ivy, an invader that smothers all other vegetation and even topples trees, in the Tilden Nature Area, where local school children learn about nature. It's easy to combine this with a visit to Tilden's nearby Little Farm and Nature Center, or an easy hike.

Tools, gloves, snacks, and water provided. Work is light, but you will get dirty, and you must be prepared to deal with poison oak. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Sorry, because of the large UC group, we can't invite groups of more than five. Families and small groups welcome -- RSVPs to f5creeks@gmail.com would be helpful so we'll be sure to have enough snacks!

Reachable by AC Transit 67. Driving, from Spruce and Grizzly Peak in Berkeley go steeply downhill on Canon Drive. Where Canon Drive ends, go right past Big Leaf picnic area and then left on Lone Oak Road. Lone Oak passes broad, grassy Meadows picnic area on the right and restrooms on the left, then curves sharply left and heads uphill to end at the gate where you park. Walk past the gate (the road changes names to Loop Road) past a picnic area on your left and portable restrooms on your right. You will see us very soon, on the left side of the road, opposite New Woodland Group Camp. Map here, or Google maps "New Woodland Group Camp." Cell phone service in Tilden is unreliable, but paper maps are available at kiosks throughout the park. 

Tues., Mar. 13, 7-9 PM, free Bay Currents talk: East Bay Fish Stories 

Did you know that the East Bay is home to North America's largest freshwater fish? vampire fish that evolved before animals had jaws? fish built to vacuum? tiny fish whose males dance for females, build nests, and tend young? A minnow that can weigh 30 pounds, once the top predator? Joe Sullivan, Fisheries Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, brings us fascinating life histories and news of how local fish are faring -- from extinction to recent gains. 

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. 

Thurs., Mar. 15, 9-11 AM: Walk for ages 50+: Albany's Street Trees, Natural History and More

Alan Kaplan, longtime East Bay Regional Park District naturalist, shares his legendary knowledge and curiosity on this leisurely, level stroll around town. Meet at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic (AC Transit 18). Free, no RSVP needed. Co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center. Info: f5creeks@gmail.com.

Sun., Mar. 18, 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Help tend newly restored McLaughlin Eastshore State Park on a hidden beach not yet open to the public. 

Join in light, fun, but important control of invasives at "Brickyard Cove," south of University Avenue in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park -- a lovely beach and important bird habitat not scheduled to open to the public until 2019. Meet at the gate at the south end of Sea Breeze Deli parking lot, just west of I-80, near the touchdown of the pedestrian-bicycle bridge over the freeway. Easy by AC Transit 81 or 51B. Map here. Tools, gloves, snacks, water, and good company provided. Dress in layers for unpredictable weather; wear closed-toed shoes with good traction. Info: f5creeks@gmail.com. Groups of more than 5 please RSVP; otherwise, just show up. 

Thurs., Feb. 22, 10 AM - noon: Map invasives using cell phones

Join a small group mapping invasives with CalFlora's cell-phone app. No experience needed -- we will teach you. Contact F5creeks@gmail.com for instructions and meeting place. 

We host many volunteer work parties for youth, company, religious, and other groups, on their schedule. Contact us at f5creeks@gmail.com for information.

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