In This Issue (Links)
Bugs Restored to Monterey Trailhead!
High School Interns
New Pot Shelf
Events of Others
Adopt a Storm Drain

Sun., Oct. 20
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery

Wed., Sept. 18
7-9 p.m.

Dimond Library





Barry Place

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon 


Beaconsfield Canyon

Sat., Sept. 21, Oct. 26 

9 a.m.-noon


Bridgeview Trailhead

Sun., Sept. 8, Oct. 13

10 a.m.-noon

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon


Dimond Park

Sat., Sept. 21

8:30 a.m.-noon


Fern Ravine

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon


Fruitvale Bridge Park

Sat., Sept. 21

8-11 a.m.


Jingletown Arts & Business Community 

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon 


Marj Saunders Park

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon

Mon., Oct. 7 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Montclair Railroad Trail

Sat., Sept. 21, Oct. 19 

9 a.m.-noon


Palo Seco Creek

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon


Shepherd Canyon Park

Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon

Sat., Oct. 5

9-11 a.m.


Wood Park

Sat., Sept. 21, Oct. 19 

9 a.m.-noon





Fri., Sept. 13

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Sat., Sept. 14 & 28,

Oct. 12 & 26

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Sat., Sept. 21

9 a.m.-noon


Wed., Oct. 2 & 16

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Fri., Oct. 18

10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Sat., Oct. 19

10 a.m.-3 p.m. 





Aquatic Insect Monitoring in Dimond Park

Sun., Oct. 6  

9 a.m.-noon
Water Quality Monitoring

Contact Kimra to volunteer 

for dry season monitoring in September




East Bay Results

Thur., Oct. 3

7-8:30 p.m.

UC Berkeley, 159 Mulford Hall 



Wed., Oct. 9
7-9 p.m.
Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church







For more information:

 FOSC Calendar 


Michelle Krieg 

Restoration & Nursery Manager



 Kimra McAfee 

Executive Director









Photo Credits:

Jeff Ebbner
Kathleen Harris

Michelle Krieg



Kimra McAfee

Richard Kauffman  

















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Karen Paulsell examining oyster string Vote for Karen!

Congratulations to long time FOSC volunteer Karen Paulsell for being named a 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes finalist for the Bay Area!

Visit to view the videos of the three finalists ... and vote for Karen! Please ask family, friends, and colleagues to do the same. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. on September 26.

Many of you know, or know of, Karen, a Renaissance woman when it comes to restoration. Karen does everything from propagating thousands of native plants to making watershed maps to lobbying for the local environment. She's a one-person restoration dynamo and treasure trove of knowledge about our watershed.

So please cast your vote to give Karen the recognition she so deserves. The winner gets $10,000 donated to their favorite environmental charity, in this case, FOSC. That would go a long way toward meeting our goals for this year.

After being inspired by Karen's video, mark your calendar for our great September and October events:

Pruning Your Native Garden: Talk & Demonstration by Jocelyn Cohen
Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
A native garden looks most pleasing when it has a human touch. Shrubs and trees are at their best with some pruning and shaping, and this fall is the time to do it, while many of our California natives are semi-dormant. During this presentation, you'll learn about the different forms of many native plants and how to bring out their best characteristics--and health--through proper pruning. Download a flyer.

Creek to Bay Day
Saturday, September 21
Join Oakland's annual volunteer creek cleanup and restoration event, which is held in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day. FOSC has work sites from the hills to the estuary. See our event calendar for details. If you are interested in being a crew leader, please contact Michelle.

Plant Sale 2013 Native Plant Sale and Open House
Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery
Come for the wonderful native plants, but stick around for the information tables and free workshops. The lineup for this year's event will be available on our website soon. Look for the available plant list in late September. Last year we propagated and planted nearly 3,000 plants at restoration sites in the watershed. Your purchases, and your donations, make this incredible work possible.
B U G S   R E S T O R E D   T O   M O N T E R E Y   T R A I L H E A D !
Aquatic Insects Make a Comeback After EBMUD
Repairs Line

Palo Seco Creek Right off of Monterey Boulevard is one of the trailheads for the Bridgeview Trail. If you go down a series of switchbacks, you come to a lovely section of Palo Seco Creek (a tributary of Sausal Creek that runs through Joaquin Miller Park). Surrounded by towering third-growth redwoods, the creek bounces over cobble and under a small stone bridge. It's certainly a pretty place for a picnic or a walk through the redwoods.

But this section of the creek had a problem--no aquatic insects. If there are no aquatic insects there are no trout, because trout feed on aquatic insects. Why would this pretty section of the creek, free from sediment, shaded by trees, draining undeveloped Joaquin Miller Park, be so compromised? 
High School Interns Dig in Deep
--Linnaea Weld, Education Intern

Summer Interns sampling aquatic insects The FOSC high school internship began three years ago as a way to engage local high school students in promoting watershed awareness and to provide more hands for many FOSC projects. An internship with FOSC is probably different from any other internship or summer experience available to Oakland teenagers. The interns are asked to work hard in the wind, fog, or hot sun, to carry heavy tools on the trail, and to be detail-oriented. They learn leadership and time management skills and are given the opportunity to learn about and engage with the watershed--through historical readings, educational activities, games, and exploration.
Read more... 
My Life as a Summer Intern
--Manaiya Scott, High School Intern

Manaiya ScottFriends of Sausal Creek was my decision for a summer internship because of the time commitment and location. The intern team met at Joaquin Miller Park or Dimond Park, both of which were fairly easy to get to from my home. Since the FOSC internship was only twice a week, I was able to do other summer activities, and since we started two weeks after the last day of school and ended a month before school started again, the timing was perfect. I was also pleased with the curriculum. Everything that sounded good on paper was even better in action. Environmental science is a great field to work in and is something that I have been interested in since the seventh grade. 

Read more... 
High School Intern Jack Choi was inspired to compose and share this pledge with his fellow interns.

FOSC Pledge
We pledge to FOSC
that we will work together
to remove invasive species and
promote watershed awareness in our community.

Together our bond will be strong like an oak tree,
and we will learn the difference
between the leaves of poison oak and blackberry.

We will do our best
at the nursery to restore and grow
native plant species and later plant them
in their natural habitats.

Through our effort and hard work,
we as a community
have created a better Sausal Creek.

In future generations
we will inspire action
to preserve and protect the creek
and its watershed. 
Kudos Korner
Thank you to Ian Pryor for leading the effort to build a new clean pot shelf at the nursery as his Eagle Scout project!

Clean Pot Storage    
BEFORE                                                        AFTER 
Events of Others
FOSC Bioassessment Team Learn about the aquatic insects in Sausal Creek and check 'em out under a microscope with FOSC Bioassessment Team leader Kathleen Harris and Eddie Dunbar of the Insect Sciences Museum of California (September 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt).
Catch the new Bay Currents talk series with Dr. Steve Edwards, "Late Summer Splendor of the Delta" (September 9, 6:30-9 p.m.) and John Northmore Roberts, "The Decline and Rebirth of Redwood Creek" (October 7, 7-9 p.m.).

Soak in Sausal Creek history and ecology on the Wild Oakland walk led by FOSC Board Member Mark Rauzon (September 14, 12-2 p.m.).

Join the Glenview Green Street Party to learn about climate change and check out electric vehicles, cargo bikes, and more (September 15, 1-4 p.m., Ardley Street, contact Jamie for details).

Find out the results of last April's 2013 East Bay Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz (October 3, 7-8:30 p.m.).

Visit FOSC's table while reveling at the annual Dimond Oaktoberfest (October 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). 
Become a Storm Drain Adopter
The Neighborhood Coalition for Crime Prevention (NCPC) Oakland Police Beat 22X  Beautification Committee, in partnership with the Oakland Public Works Department, is organizing neighborhood volunteers in the Dimond, Oakmore, Montera, Lincoln Heights, and Woodminster neighborhoods to adopt storm drains in their areas. The volunteers will keep the storm drains free of debris to allow free runoff of water during storms. If interested, please contact Marion Mills at [email protected].

Oakland has 10,000 storm drains, and the majority of them have not yet been adopted. If you live outside of these neighborhoods, you can volunteer by contacting the City of Oakland Adopt a Spot coordinator at (510) 238-7630 or [email protected]

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