In This Issue (Links)
CTBD Wrap Up
Pye Legacy Gift
Plant Communities
Dimond Park Tree Removals
Special Thanks



Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery 

Sun., Oct. 21

10 a.m.-3 p.m.



Dimond Library

Wed., Nov. 7  

7-9 p.m.





Aquatic Insect Monitoring in Dimond Park

Sun., Nov. 4   

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bird Monitoring (start at Sequoia Arena)

Sat., Oct. 13  

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.





Sat., Oct. 13 & 27, 

Nov. 10    

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Thur., Oct. 18,

Nov. 1 & 15 

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19

10 a.m.-2 p.m.  


Sat., Oct. 20

10 a.m.-3 p.m.





Beaconsfield Canyon 

Sat., Oct. 27, Nov. 24   

9 a.m.-noon


Bridgeview Trailhead

Sun., Oct. 14, Nov. 11 

10 a.m.-noon


Dimond Park

Sat., Oct. 13, Nov. 10 

9 a.m.-noon


Marj Saunders Park

Mon., Nov. 5 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Montclair Park

Sun., Nov. 4   

9 a.m.-noon


Shepherd Canyon

Sat., Nov. 3   

9-11 a.m.  


Wood Park

Sat., Oct. 20, Nov. 17  

9 a.m.-noon


Woodbine Corner

Sat., Nov. 17

10 a.m.-1 p.m.






For SOD Blitz 2012 results and treatment workshop schedule see





For more information:

 FOSC Calendar 


 Megan Hess 

Restoration & Nursery




 Kimra McAfee 

Executive Director




Support our efforts to plant 4,500 plants ($25,000 value!) at watershed restoration sites this rainy season. Make a donation as a plant sponsor today. A $50 donation sponsors five one-gallon plants or 10 four-inch plants. You will also have the opportunity to sponsor plants at our October 21 Native Plant Sale and Open House.






Photo Credits

Alice Cummings 

Kristin Hathaway

Megan Hess

Kimra McAfee

Karen Paulsell 

Mike Petouhoff 

Mark Rauzon 

Jill Sunahara

Pete Veilleux 

Richard Kauffman
Kimra McAfee






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FOSC Plant Sale There are always so many things to do
in the Bay Area, especially during these lovely autumn days before the rains start. But the upcoming FOSC events are not to be missed.

Native Plant Sale and Open House
Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery
Come for the fine plants, stay for the workshops and festivities:
10 a.m. - Native Bees by Jen Smith
11 a.m. - Gardening with Natives by The Naturals Landscaping
12:30 p.m. - Raptors of the Watershed by Jenny Papka
1 p.m. - Propagating Natives by Karen Paulsell
2 p.m. - Harlan James Bluegrass Band (Michael Thilgen and Friends)
The raptors and the Spider Chick and her live arachnids will be there all day, along with information on raising urban chickens and advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners. Bring the kids to get their faces painted while you shop. Download a flyer.

The Mystery of Bird Songs presented by David Lukas
Wednesday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
How do birds learn to sing such beautiful songs? Why do they produce so many different types of vocalizations? California naturalist and author David Lukas will help answer some of these questions and share his insights into the magical world of bird song--from the ways we study bird song, to the anatomy of how birds produce sounds, to some of the social behaviors that explain common bird vocalizations. David's newly published book Bay Area Birds is the first comprehensive guide to the status, life history, and distribution of all the birds that occur in the Bay Area (www.lukasguides.com). Download a flyer.

SNEAK PEEK! Family Science Fun at the Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come see the first public glimpse of the 10 video vignettes on FOSC restoration sites that will be featured in the new museum exhibit. Bring your family and help "test drive" the new exhibits in the California Gallery of Natural Sciences before its grand opening in June 2013. Participate in FOSC's Live Voices program, learn about conservation work in Oakland, and enjoy fun activities for kids of all ages. Other new programs include Get Involved--Community Science! with Golden Gate Audubon Society and Hands-On, Minds On! with animation artist Trena Noval. You can ask resident experts your questions about natural California. Free with OMCA admission.
Thank you, Creek to Bay Day Volunteers!
Fruitvale Bridge Trash_Sunahara The Sausal Creek Watershed sported 300 volunteers at its dozen sites on September 15. Those intrepid volunteers collected nearly 2,000 pounds of trash and 136 cubic yards of green waste. Interestingly, with nearly one-quarter of the volunteers citywide working in our watershed, we collected 63% of the total green waste. Goodbye invasive nonnatives...we are nearly ready for planting season. Thank you to all of the crew leaders and site leaders who made this effort possible, and thank you to the City of Oakland staff for all of their support. 
Edgar W. Pye Makes Legacy Gift to FOSC
Edgar W. Pye's generous gift of $36,000 to FOSC is just one example of how he lived his life and intended for his work to continue even after his death. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Social Work, Ed spent most of his 96 years helping people and organizations he believed in. After winning several service medals in World War II, he counseled returning soldiers with the V.A., worked for the California Department of Mental Hygiene, and served as state consultant on mental retardation.

Even after retiring in 1977, he served as a trustee for Grace Cathedral and delved into new areas of assistance, focusing on senior citizens, AIDS victims, and gay rights. In 1993, he was recognized by the California State Senate for 50 years of distinguished service to the state and received San Francisco Curry Center's distinguished community service award.

Ed Pye Trust Check Presentation
Wayne Kirchoffer presents check to FOSC leadership
Ed's work continues through the nonprofit corporation he established, the Pye/Harris Legacy Project, Inc., that supports projects involved in social justice, the environment, and LGBT awareness, with an emphasis on engaging and educating young people. FOSC is truly grateful for this gift, which will directly support one of the many causes he championed.
Plant Communities in the Sausal Creek Watershed   

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Carex leptopoda 
This article is the last of three newsletter articles accompanying updated plant lists on the Friends of Sausal Creek website. This article and its spreadsheet focus on the plant communities of the watershed. We developed this list to help us in our restoration planning. Given the 260 species of native plants in the watershed, what plants are appropriate to choose when we're revegetating an area that we've cleared of invasive species?


View the plant communities list
Citizen Scientists -- the National Phenology Network and eBird Need You

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Yellow warbler 
Would you like to have something in common with Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, or Henry Thoreau? Do you notice when a particular plant in your garden or on your dog walking trail blooms every year?  Do you want to help scientists and policymakers understand how climate change is affecting your immediate surroundings?  If you've answered yes to any of these questions, the National Phenology Network (NPN) may be just what you're looking for--a place for citizen scientists to record their observations of plants and animals to a national database of knowledge. 
Dimond Park Tree Removal for Sausal Creek Restoration

You may have noticed red tags on certain trees next to the lower stretch of Sausal Creek in Dimond Park. As part of next year's Sausal Creek Restoration Project, the City of Oakland plans to remove a number of trees along the creek to accommodate the new restoration channel. The creek restoration project has a number of goals, including:
* Protect native trout and remove barriers to trout passage upstream
* Dimond Park Tagged Trees_Hathaway Improve habitat diversity
* Improve water quality
* Decrease erosion
* Create creek bank and channel stability
* Improve flood protection
* Protect adjacent roadway
* Improve safety


Read more... 

Special Thanks

Thank you to the Dimond District's La Farine for providing tasty pastries for both Creek to Bay Day and our September member meeting. Thank you also to Peet's Coffee & Tea Dimond store for providing coffee and to Noah's Bagels Lakeshore and Rockridge locations for providing bagels for the 180 volunteers in Dimond Park.

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