At back-to-back work parties Nov. 16 and 17, volunteers from Congregations Beth El and Netivot Shalom (above) and CorePower Yoga launched a new project between the Bay and Berkeley's popular new bike/walking path near the mouth of Strawberry Creek. Step 1: An experiment covering pepperweed with weed cloth and chips.
In October and early November, work parties with neighbors (above) and UC electrical-engineering students from HKN (below)cleared broom from what is now a gorgeous knoll edged by oaks, next to one of the area's unnamed creeks.
Our weed warriors often help other groups -- above and below, we worked with Park Hills neighbors reducing fire danger by removing broom and eucalyptus in Tilden Park.
With broom and thistles on the run and almost gone from Shorebird Park, Weed Warriors also went to work on mustard in fall.
for more on these and other projects.
Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On
Friends of Five Creeks is an all-volunteer group working hands-on for
clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural
areas that welcome both wildlife and people on the urbanized east side
of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projects.
Please join us in:
- Work parties
restoring native vegetation and wildlife habitat,
lessening erosion and flooding, providing trails and
- Free guided walks and talks open to all.
- Tuesday morning weekday weed warriors in varied natural areas.
- Outreach and public education including signs, publications, web applications, appearances at festivals, and more.
- Advocating, participating in political processes, and partnering with agencies and other groups.
For information or to arrange a work party for your group, contact F5Creeks@aol.com
or (510) 848-9358. Click here to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Click here to donate or join!
New and seasonal:
- Track the turkeys: A few years ago, turkeys were common only on the holiday table. Now they seem to be everywhere! But where do the wild turkeys go when they aren't roosting in your yard or waddling across your street? With our new citizen-science project, "Track the Turkeys,” you can help learn more about our new feathered neighbors.Click here to sign up to report your sightings and see the developing map. Upload photos, too!
- Kenneth Brower and Malcolm Margolin: A Conversation: Monday, Dec. 9, our free Bay Currents talk
series brings you a conversation between two eminent conservationists: Malcolm Margolin and Kenneth Brower. On the 100th anniversary of signing of the act that allowed flooding of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, the two discuss the battle that broke John Muir's heart, the engineering marvel that is the dam, and whether and how the great glacial valley could emerge again.
Refreshments 7 PM, talk promptly at 7:30, in the Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin (at Masonic). Full Bay Currents fall schedule here. Look for 2014 schedule in December. Sign up to get email notices here.
- Help complete the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area: Friends of Five Creeks is partnering with other groups to help the City of El Cerrito buy 8 acres linking the two parts of El Cerrito's 100-acre Hillside Natural Area. Information and donations for the campaign here. Information on the Hillside Natural Area and our work there here.
- Wintering and migrant shore and water birds are arriving in numbers on their way south! See our videos and slide shows on these welcome visitors here here.
Friends of Five Creeks, founded in 1995, is a citizens group operating under the fiscal
sponsorship of Berkeley Partners for Parks,
a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Our decisions are governed by bylaws and made by a board drawn from our volunteers.
Meetings: Our meetings, talks, and walks are open to all. Check our events calendar for schedule.
Mission: Friends of Five Creeks believes that the health of creeks and watersheds supports the health of urban
Friends of Five Creeks mobilizes volunteers of all ages to restore, maintain, and enjoy the creeks and watersheds of the East Bay
from North Berkeley to Richmond. In year-round work parties, we help revitalize creeks, improve habitat and water quality, eliminate
invasive plant species, and increase public access and stewardship.
We prune, weed, dig, plant, and remove trash from creek sites and their watersheds. In collaboration with like-minded civic
organizations, we assist and advocate for restoration projects, and build and maintain paths. To increase public
understanding of environmental processes, we publish and post information, design and install interpretive signs, and host speakers and events.