The Claremont Canyon Conservancy is a catalyst for the long-term protection and restoration of the canyon's natural environment and an advocate for comprehensive fire safety along its wildland/urban interface.
Sunday May 1 Bird Walk, 7-11 A.M.
We are very pleased to announce that our own Dave Quady has come out with a new field guide for birds of Northern California. Please see the Golden Gate Audubo's review by Bob Lewis:
"This small field guide, published by R.W. Morse Co. of Olympia, Washington, slides easily into a back pocket. Small in size, but somehow able to cram 502 pages full of details on over 400 Northern California bird species, this photographic guide bucks the “bigger is better” trend of many popular guides." Read more.
Sunday May 1 Bird Walk, 7-11 A.M. Join Dave Quady and Kay Loughman to look and listen for birds in Claremont Canyon. Meet at 7:00 AM at the four corners intersection of Grizzly Peal Boulevard and Claremont Avenue/Fish Ranch Road. We will pick an area that looks interesting and search until abour 11. We hope to spot both year-round resident birds and Neotropical migrnts that have returned to breed. Bring binoculars if you have a pair but Dave will have a few pairs to share. Also bring a field guide if you have one. The walk is sponsored by the Claremont Canyon Conservancy and is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated but not essential to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 843-2226.Early risers are invitedto meet Kay and Dave at 5:00 AM at the foot of Gelston Street at Claremont to enjoy the dawn chorus of birds greeting the new day.
We will stand quietly and try to identify birds by their songs for about n hour, leqaving enough time for a quick breakfast snack before our 7:00 meeting at the top of the canyon. For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools but feel free to bring your own.
FEMA Work to Begin this Summer
Claremont Canyon area residents can breathe a bit easier knowing that work by two of the three agencies that received fire safety grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin this summer (after nesting season ends). The Regional Park District received its environmental impact report some time ago and the University recently added an appendix to its fire mtigantion plan. The City of Oakland must conduct a full EIR from scratch so it is likely that it will be 2017 before it can start work. The work involves removng invasive and fire-prone eucalyptus and Monterey pine trees and all state and fedeeral envvironmental rules and requirements will be closely followed. The Conservancy was pleased to prepare a lengthy letter to UC in support of its plan amendment. We have posted the letter in our website in case you would like to read it.
Note that once the work gets underway you will see vacant, bare land in places where the trees were removed. Please be patient as native trees, shrubs and grassland will soon grow in and the land will be both beautiful and firesafe. Take a look across the canyon from Signpost 29 and you will see what grew in after that area was treated.
Saturday, May 7, 9:30-1:00, The Garber Park Stewards invite you to join them in Garber Park for the next Garber Workshop by Lech Namovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute.
Creation of a self-guided trail and interpretive brochure. After many years of discussing the need for an interpretive brochure for a self-guided walking tour of the park we are ready to begin! As neighbors and volunteers in Garber – the ones who know the park, its trails and resources – we especially need your help and knowledge of the park.
Details on the Stewards' website.