Helping Nature in the East Bay – Hands On
All-volunteer Friends of Five Creeks works hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds. We protect and restore natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people, from Berkeley to Richmond on the urbanized east side of San Francisco Bay. See map and slide shows of some of our restoration projects. Please join us in:
New and Seasonal:
Shorebirds are back. Late summer wildflowers are blooming along the Bay. And it's a great time to help the environment by gathering, and relishing, edible weeds!
Along the Bay, salt-marsh plants are in bloom. Displays rival many mountain meadows! Click here for our slide show. Fall migrants on shorebirds' long journeys, some from the Arctic to South America, are already on the tide flats. Hundreds of Western sandpipers feasted at the mouth of Strawberry Creek during our July 15 work party with Integrated Project Management. Click here for our video on how these birds need mudflats like those at the mouths of Strawberry, Schoolhouse, and Codornices Creeks -- all places where F5C volunteers are active.
Discover great wild foods from invasives in late summer! Left: Salsola soda -- Agretti to the Italians -- is delicious fresh or lightly steamed. Gather it along the Bay and help keep it from crowding out natives! Fennel pollen makes a delicious spice, and Himalayan blackberries can be beat for jam. Our handout, Edible and Useful Wild Plants, has broad info -- spare the natives, and gather the weeds to help the environment!
F5C is taking an August break. Join us for a busy, fun September:
Details on these and other F5C events on our calendar page.
This fall, help us start using cell phones to report how climate change affects plants (phenology monitoring). Get in touch at f5creeksgmail.com for more info
Below, Girl Scout Troop 30039 did the water-bug googie, helping us check water quality in Codornices Creek in spring. We plan more next year. Meanwhile, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in identifying these tiny critters in fun evening sessions, with microscopes.