Cleanup at Creekside Park Sept 23

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Cerrito Creek

There won’t be a Last Saturday of the Month stewardship party this month. Instead we’ll be joining Friends of Albany Parks, Friends of Five Creeks, and the El Cerrito Green Teams for a Cleanup at Creekside Park, Saturday, Sept 23, 9am-1pm. We’ll be picking up trash and weeding along the creek, on the hill, and in areas nearby. Gloves, tools, water, t-shirt, and lunch provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Open Space Walk

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This sign is one of 6 new ones placed on the SW end of Albany Hill. “Right to pass by permission and subject to control of owner.” The sign to the left, put up by the city, was removed.

Did you know the open space on the southwest end of Albany Hill is privately owned and zoned for development? Come to one of our 2 Evening Walks to learn more:

Tues Sept 19 and Tues Sept 26, 5:30-6:30 pm. Some may have noticed new signs on the hill (see photo above). Come learn about open space on the hill, what is private and what is public. Meet at the far north end of Taft Ave on Albany Hill.

Directions: From San Pablo Ave go west on  either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, or Washington St. After 4 blocks go right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Nature walks, birdwatching, oak woodland stewardship

Agoseris grandiflora planted at Apr work party on crest, Albany Hill

large-flowered agoseris (Agoseris grandiflora) on Albany Hill

Evening nature and seed collecting walk #1 , Weds, August 23, 5:30-6:30 pm. Learn how we collect native plant seed for propagation at Native Here Nursery. We’ll also look for birds and pick up trash.  Gloves and tools provided. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill. Afterwards get a bite to eat a few blocks east at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

Last Saturday of the month stewardship party, August 26, 9:30am-11:30amGet a workout while learning about how invasive plants are stifling biodiversity on the hill and creating fire hazards as we pull ivy and passion vine in the oak woodland. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

Evening nature and seed collecting walk #2 , Weds, August 30, 5:30-6:30 pm. Learn how we collect native plant seed for propagation at Native Here Nursery. We’ll also look for birds and pick up trash.  Gloves and tools provided. Meet at the far north end of Taft Ave on Albany Hill. Afterwards get a bite to eat a few blocks east at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.
Directions: From San Pablo Ave go west on  either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, or Washington St. After 4 blocks go right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill.

Birdwatching at the Albany Mudflats, Saturday, Sept. 2 , with bird expert, Ralph Pericoli. Greet the returning shorebirds & waterfowl. We’ll meet at 12 PM (due to the tides) at the first observation platform at the foot of Buchanan Street. If time permits, we’ll walk up on the plateau as the tide ebbs. The outing will end around 2 PM. Parking can be tight on the weekend so it might be best to park on Buchanan above Pierce St. and walk in.

Walks and work party on the hill

Albany Hill from Ralph's porch on El Dorado St, N of Central, EC

Evening stroll/nature walk, Weds, July 26, 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy the long summer evening as we look for birds and identify plants while we pick up trash and pull some weeds. Gloves and tools provided. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill. Afterwards get a bite to eat a few blocks east at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Last Saturday of the month work party, July 29, 9:30am-11:30amLearn about how invasive plants are stifling biodiversity on the hill and creating fire hazards as we pull ivy and passion vine in the oak woodland and plant a few natives grown from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Hike on the hill, Sunday, August 6, 4pm. Join Roberta Maguire of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers for a scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave. Look for Roberta in the pink hat. For more info: robertamaguire@hotmail.com or 510 292 6370.

Bird Walks on Albany Hill and nearby

walk/clean-up N side Albany Hill Key Clubs fr Albany & El Cerrito High

walk/clean-up N side Albany Hill

1. Creekside Park Bird Walk, this Sat. July 1, 9 AM – 11 AM. Led by Ralph Pericoli
Join us for a casual bird walk along Middle Creek and Cerrito Creek to Pierce Street. In addition to our local resident birds we’ll see those that have returned from their southern wintering grounds to nest here. We are near the end of the nesting season for some birds and many may soon stop singing, but we may get to see & hear juvenile birds that are still dependent on adults. Meet at the north end of Madison St in Albany. Bring binoculars, bird book or app.

2.  Osprey Tour, Sunday July 9, 9 AM – 1 PM. Led by Ralph Pericoli
From the first Osprey nest on Mare Island in 1990, Ospreys over time have expanded southward to Foster City to occupy 42 nesting sites. There are now 14 active nest sites in the Richmond area. We will take a tour of 5 of these nests along the Richmond shoreline to get some close-up views and good photo ops while talking about the history and how man has provided nesting opportunities for the Osprey.
Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave. at 9 AM for a caravan carpool to the Osprey nests. Limited to 15 people. Email ralphpericoli@att.net if interested.

3. Evening stroll/nature walk, Weds, July 12, 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy the long summer evening as we look for birds while we pick up trash and pull some weeds. Gloves and tools provided. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill. Afterwards get a bite to eat a few blocks east at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Learn about invasive plants on Albany Hill this week

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California bee plant, Scrophularia californica, an important native pollinator plant recolonizing in the oak woodland after ivy removal

Mapping Walk with Friends of Five Creek, Thurs June 22, 10-am-12pm. Help us map invasive plants along Cerrito Creek and the north and east sides of Albany Hill.
Please RSVP to friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com for the meeting place, as well as password to use when logging onto CalFlora.
Before you come (while you still have an Internet connection), download and log into the free app CalFlora Observer (Iphone) or Observer Pro (Android). Log into the F5C account f5creeks@outlook.com, using the password you receive.
You don’t need a cell phone to come along — this is a nice way to learn about both natives and invasives.

Last Saturday of the month work party, June 24, 9:30am-11:30am. Learn about how invasive plants are stifling biodiversity on the hill and creating fire hazards as we pull ivy and passion vine in the oak woodland and plant a few natives grown from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek on the NE side of the hill.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave. For more info:  friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Reach

wild cucumber tendrils twining into oak tree; E side Albany Hill

Wild cucumber vine on coast live oak

Something is reaching
Something is grasping
Oh, sadness
That is my madness
We cannot know what is not corporeal
We spin in circles
Trying to guess
But it is only an outline or a fuzzy shape
The reality may beg to differ
And our conception is shattered
Blown apart
Scattered to the wind
Stomped on
Dismissed
But that kernel of intuition keeps us going
It spawns hope, creativity, happiness, action
Yes, it may be smothered in time
But it will be replaced by another
Because without dreams we are dull, depressed, lifeless

-Margot Cunningham

Directions

Margot on Albany Hill

I could go north, that might be fun

Or I could go south into the wind

Perhaps east into the heat

Or maybe west into the fog

All directions seem good

They all interest me

Or I could just sit still and ponder

Let the directions flow by me, through me, over me, under me

The directions will always be there

I will wait until I know which direction I want to go

-Margot Cunningham

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