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New horizons this new year: a new venue for our State of the Watershed meeting (Dimond Branch Library is getting renovated!), and a new field trip program for schools near the creek's mouth plus our first Martin Luther King, Jr. Workday at the shoreline (thanks to an Explore the Coast Grant from the California Coastal Conservancy). Read on for details on how you can get involved with FOSC in 2017. A most Happy--and rainy--New Year to all Friends!

FOSC is a volunteer-based, community organization. Your donations go directly to support our projects and programs in the Sausal Creek Watershed.
Reflections and Resolutions  

Please join us to celebrate the release of the
Sausal Creek Walkable Watershed Concept Plan. We will learn about the fish, frogs, and birds that make use of the watershed between the creek's mouth and I-580. And we'll talk about how green streets, rain gardens, and other features proposed in the plan can enhance our neighborhoods and create habitat for the critters.
State of the Watershed 2017 
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center 
3301 E 12th St., Suite 201 (2nd Floor), Oakland
Wednesday, January 18, 7-9 p.m.

Scheduled Speakers: 
     Dr. Robert Leidy, Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
     Mark Rauzon, Biologist, Professor at Laney College 
     Kristin Hathaway, Oakland Watershed Program Supervisor

A Day of Service 

Join Friends of Sausal Creek and Jingletown Arts & Business Community for a workday to clean up the shoreline and tend to the Jingletown Native Plant Garden. If you haven't seen the block of murals along the garden, this is a great chance to check them out while weeding the garden or before heading to the waterfront to pick up trash. Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and warm clothes. We appreciate all RSVPs so we can have enough tools but especially if you are bringing a group of six or more. Please reply to education@sausalcreek.org or (510) 853-3533.

Jingletown and Shoreline Martin Luther King, Jr. Workday 
Meet at Jingletown Native Plant Garden Art Wall (Peterson St. and Ford St.), Oakland 
Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.-noon

Explore the Watershed
San Francisco Bay Trail   
If you stand at the mouth of Sausal Creek at Fruitvale Bridge Park, you are on the San Francisco Bay Trail. The vision for this planned 500-mile trail is to build a continuous shoreline bicycle and pedestrian path that runs through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges. Although you cannot currently go under Fruitvale Bridge to connect to the Bay Trail in Jingletown, there are several options to navigate from this point. Check out the Bay Trail's navigational map.

We invite you to learn the history of the waterway along this section of shoreline on a walking tour with local historian Dennis Evanosky the morning of January 12. This event takes place during one of the King Tides of 2017, and participants are encouraged to bring their cameras to help document what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise. Please wear sturdy shoes. Click  here for more information on the California King Tides Project.

King Tides Walk Along the Waterfront
Meet at the benches at Fruitvale Bridge Park (Fruitvale Ave. and Alameda Ave.)
Thursday, January 12, 10 a.m.-noon

Rain will not cancel the walk--it could make the observations even more interesting!

Friend of the Month: Amanda Ma 
The success of FOSC's work depends on the participation and enthusiasm of local community volunteers--people who have formed a connection and love for the creek and the surrounding watershed and who have a desire to give back to it. One such volunteer is Amanda Ma. Amanda first volunteered with FOSC in 2010 at Dimond Park and Dimond Canyon with the local service organization buildOn. In 2012 she participated in our summer internship program in between her sophomore and junior years at Oakland High School, learning about the natural resources of the watershed and working on environmental stewardship projects over the course of six weeks. After the internship she started volunteering as a crew leader for almost all of FOSC's large Earth Day and Creek to Bay Day events, as well as helping out occasionally behind the scenes to move plants and help our staff prepare for programs. Four years later she is still a volunteer crew leader with FOSC, most recently planting native trees along the creek in Dimond Canyon during our December 2016 solstice planting event. Over the years Amanda has also gotten involved with conservation efforts with the Student Conservation Association, and she is now a junior at U.C. Berkeley studying Forestry and Natural Resources. Thank you, Amanda, for all of your help and your continuous enthusiasm and can-do attitude! The creek has been lucky to have you as a steward all of these years.
Event Calendar

Beaconsfield Canyon
(last Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-noon

Bridgeview Trail
(2nd Sundays) Sat., Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon

Bridgeview Trailhead Pollinator Garden

(1st & 3rd Sundays)
Sun., Jan. 15 & Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-noon   

Dimond Park
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jingletown and Shoreline Cleanup
Meet at Peterson St. and Ford St.
Mon., Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-noon

Marj Saunders Park
(1st Mondays)
Mon., Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Montclair Railroad Trail
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 21, 9-11 a.m.

Chabot Space and Science Center
Pallid Manzanita Habitat Enhancement
(2nd Saturdays)
January workday is cancelled due to wet site conditions.

WD Wood Park
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon

Bridgeview Trailhead
(last Sundays)
Sun., Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Meet at the Scout Hut in Dimond Park
Sun., Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon 
FOSC Native Plant Nursery
Joaquin Miller Park
(2nd and 4th Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 14 & 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

FOSC Native Plant Nursery 
Fri., Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m.
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center
Wed., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Note location!

Start at Sequoia Arena Gate, 
Joaquin Miller Park 
Sat., Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fruitvale Bridge Park 
Thurs., Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Pallid manzanita at Chabot Space and Science Center in the sunshine after the removal of trees that were shading it out and threatening its health 
Events of Others

The Oakland City Council has designated Dimond Park as one of the park prioritization sites for the fiscal years of 2015-2017. Attend the Dimond Park meeting on Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon at Dimond Recreation Center to let city staff know what you see as priority projects for Dimond Park.

Calendar the upcoming  Bay Currents talks to learn about natural history and environmental issues: otters (Jan. 10), Mt. Diablo (Feb. 14), stopping the coal and oil trains (March 14), and the workings of California rivers and lakes (April 18).

The  Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition is launching a new docent training program to promote education and stewardship of the Coyote Creek Watershed. If you want to train with a professional naturalist so you can lead future educational walks, contact coyotecreekdocent@gmail.com or (510) 621-3147.
Get Involved
Our mission is to restore, maintain, and protect the Sausal Creek Watershed. We educate future generations, involve the community in local environmental stewardship, and collaborate with agencies and other nonprofits to have a positive impact on the local ecosystem. 

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Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager

Jill Miller
Education Specialist
Kimra McAfee
Executive Director

Photo Credits: Rebecca Armstrong, Megan Hess, Michelle Krieg, Kimra McAfee, Jill Sunahara 
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