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

January 28 work party

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oak woodland on east side of Albany Hill after ivy removed

 

Last Saturday of the month work party, January 28, 9:30am-11:30am. Join us for a morning of planting monkeyflowers grown from seed collected on Albany Hill as well as pulling ivy. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek. Heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 morning of work party if unsure.
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

New Year’s Eve Work Party

pulling broomJackson St, Albany Hill
event with Friends of Albany Parks

pulling broom on Jackson St

Last Saturday of the month (and the year!) work party, December 31, 9:30am-12:00pmEnjoy nature on the hill as we pull broom and small eucalyptus 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. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the end of Jackson St. (turnaround). Heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 the morning of work party if unsure.
Directions: From San Pablo Ave in Albany go west on either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, Washington, or Castro St. After 3 blocks go right (north) on Jackson and follow to end. The trail from the east side of Albany Hill through the oak woodland comes out at the end of Jackson St as well.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Albany Hill work party this Saturday

oak forest cleared of ivyE side Albany Hill
ferns coming up

native ferns returning in the oak woodland

Last Saturday of the month work party, October 29, 9:30am-11:30am. 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. We’ll be pulling ivy in the oak forest on the east side and planting a couple of monkeyflowers on the edge of the oak forest. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek.We’ll work in a light rain; heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 if unsure that morning.

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 Planting Work Party

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sticky monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

The rains have softened the soil. Join us for an evening planting session, Friday Oct 21, 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy nature on the hill as we plant a couple of sticky monkeyflowers propagated from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Free t-shirts. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek.
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.

Also, mark your calendars for Nov. 10, 7 pm, City of Albany workshop on Albany Hill funding. Measure R, set to expire soon, provides funding for improvements and open space purchase on the hill, as well as for creek restoration. The city will be soliciting public input on how to spend the remaining funds for the hill and creeks. More details soon.

For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com