Please join us for our winter events in Claremont Canyon. Regular stewardship outings are the third Saturday for restoration work in Garber Park in collaboration with the Garber Park Stewards, and the fourth Saturday for trail maintenance and weed management elsewhere in Claremont Canyon. See below for details and additional events. Please check back for meeting places and last minute additions and changes.
For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools but feel free to bring your own.
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December Events in Claremont Canyon
Saturday, December 8—The Birds of Claremont Canyon, 8-11 AM, led by Dave Quady, Audubon Christmas Bird Count Leader for Claremont Canyon.
Join us to look for winter birds in Claremont Canyon. Dave will also lead a special owling adventure in the wee morning hours, followed by a break for breakfast. Join us for one walk or both.
Owling (December 8), 4:30-6:30 AM. Meet at the trailhead on the north side of Claremont Avenue (Signpost 28), about one half mile uphill from the Alvarado Road intersection. After a brief owling lesson, we’ll listen for owls at a couple of locations in the canyon. We will walk a little, but mostly stand quietly in the dark and listen. Owling is chancy: we hope to hear an owl or two; if we’re lucky we may see one. Rain or high wind cancels.
Daytime Bird Walk (December 8), 8 AM. Meet at the top of the canyon at Four Corners (the Claremont Avenue/Fish Ranch Road/Grizzly Peak Boulevard intersection). We will drive to a couple of locations to sample different habitats in search of resident and migrant birds. Rain or high wind cancels.
Call Dave at 704-9353 before 9:00 PM on Friday, December 7 if you’re unsure whether the walks will run in light of the next day’s weather forecast. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, field guide and flashlight (for owling).
Saturday, December 15 in Garber Park. Join us from 10 AM to Noon for our last Garber Park workday of the year. We will be performing trail maintenance and removing invasive weeds. And maybe we'll do some planting of natives as well. Meet at the Garber Park sign at the trailhead on Claremont Avenue, just a short walk up Claremont from the back entrace to the Claremont Resort and Spa.
Saturday December 22 in the Upper Canyon. Join us from 10 to Noon. We will continue our on-going work to widen and shore up the Gwin Canyon Trail. The work so far has made noticeable improvements. We invite you up to hike this trail and see for yourself. Meet at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from the intersection of Claremont and Ashby.
For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own. Dress in layers as the weather and temperature changes.