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

albany-hill-view

Half-empty or half-full?

sun cups blooming near rocks in NE meadowAlbany Hill

sun cups blooming

Sadness is in the sun cup shaded by weeds

the elderberry tree draped in cape ivy

the coast live oak strangulated by Algerian ivy

the sagebrush shaded by eucalyptus

the French broom marching over the meadow

the trail overgrown with poison oak and other plants

the numbered days of the mules ears and poppies blooming in a vacant lot

ivy growing up mature oaks

ivy growing up oaks

Happiness is in the sun cup continuing to bloom despite the weeds around it

the elderberry tree growing leaves and flowers despite the cape ivy covering it

the coast live oak standing tall despite the ivy crawling up its trunk

the sagebrush growing and flowering despite being shaded by eucalyptus

the meadow with flowers blooming despite the advancing broom

the trail still passable despite the overgrowth

the mules ears and poppies continuing to bloom in the vacant lot despite their numbered days

-Margot Cunningham

trail through oak woodland

trail through oak woodland near bottom E side Albany Hill

Leaves

chaparral currant leaves

leaves of chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum var. malvaceum)

horkelia calif v calif

California horkelia (Horkelia californica var. californica)

Curly leaves

Flat leaves

Hairy leaves

Smooth leaves

Grooved leaves

Wiry leaves

Palmate leaves

Divided leaves

Leave them be

-Margot Cunningham

Carex sp.SE mdw

sedge (Carex sp.)

native rose

native rose (Rosa californica)

Taking Root

I am of you, for you, with you
You are beside me, beneath me, above me
I can’t move, I can only think
Thoughts move me to a warm place
This place is my home
I am home in this place
I feel my soul touching the ground, taking root
I sprout new shoots from this ground
Nourished by rain and humus
Summer may come and dry up my shoots
But my roots have taken hold in this earth

-Margot Cunningham

soap roots emerging, NE side, Albany Hill

soap root leaves emerging, NE side, Albany Hill