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Thank you to the 169 Friends who donated $25,316 at the end of 2015, the largest year-end appeal total to date! With these gifts we can continue to expand our habitat restoration projects, educational programs, and citizen science monitoring programs throughout the Sausal Creek Watershed.

Happy Anniversary, FOSC!

Twenty years ago, on January 24, 1996, the first citizens' meeting of the Sausal Creek Awareness Program convened at Dimond Library. Whether you were at that first meeting or are brand new to the watershed, we hope you will join us on January 20 to kick off our 20th anniversary year. Founding Board Member Mark Rauzon will reflect on our first two decades. Aquatic biologist Christoper Richard will then take us on a photo tour of the lower watershed. Cake will follow.

State of the Watershed 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 7-9 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland

King Tides Walk

Join local historian Dennis Evanosky for this walking tour along the shoreline and learn the history of Sausal Creek where it meets the estuary. This event takes places during one of the King Tides of 2016 and participants are encouraged to bring their camera and help document what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise. Click here for more information on the California King Tides Initiative.

Meet at the benches at Fruitvale Bridge Park, which is at the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and Alameda Avenue. Please wear sturdy shoes. Rain will not cancel the walk--it could make the observations even more interesting! Contact Kimra for more information.

Thursday, January 21, 9-11 a.m.
Fruitvale Bridge Park, Oakland
Soil Bioengineering Workshop

Do you want to learn how to use plant material to stop creek banks from eroding? The California Urban Streams Partnership is leading a free bioengineering workshop in the Sausal Creek Watershed!

Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Shepherd Canyon Park, Oakland

Friends of the Month:
Eleanor Dunn and Mark Rauzon 
As we embark on our 20th anniversary year, we would like to celebrate the passion, dedication, and volunteerism of Eleanor Dunn and Mark Rauzon, the two founding board members who continue to serve on FOSC's board of directors. Humble Mark and Eleanor would be the first to expound on the many other individuals who have been exemplary leaders in this community endeavor. True, and thanks be to them! Yet, simply, the Friends is the organization it is today because of the ongoing commitment of these two extraordinary volunteers.
Explore the Watershed
Draining Joaquin Miller Park, Palo Seco Creek is special because it flows through an area that is less developed than the other tributaries of Sausal Creek. Meet the three different families of mayfly that inhabit Palo Seco Creek: the small minnow mayfly (pictured at left), the prong-gill mayfly, and the flat-headed mayfly.

Board of Directors 2016
We are thrilled to announce that all 14 of FOSC's board members have rededicated themselves to another year of service, and our officers will retain their positions for another year: President Steve Ritchie, Vice President Dee Rosario, Secretary Richelle Jacobs, and Treasurer Rob Leidy. Read bios of each of our fabulous board members here.

Back row, L-R: Dee Rosario, Bob Roat, Eleanor Dunn, Steve Ritchie, Rob Leidy, Paul Frank, Carl Kohnert, Mark Rauzon; Front row, L-R: Barbara Goldenberg, Richelle Jacobs, Richard Kauffman; Not pictured: Helen McKinley, Harry Schrauth, Sean Welch
Thank you to La Farine's Dimond bakery for providing goodies for our Solstice Planting Day in Dimond Park and Canyon on December 19.
Event Calendar

Beaconsfield Canyon  
(last Saturdays) 
Sat., Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-Noon

Bridgeview Trail
(2nd Sundays) 
Sun., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-Noon 

Bridgeview Trailhead Native Bee Garden 
(3rd Sundays)
Sun., Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-Noon

Chabot Space and Science Center
Pallid Manzanita Habitat Enhancement
(2nd Saturdays)
Sat., Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-Noon  

Dimond Park
Sat., Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-Noon

Fern Ravine
Sat., Feb. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

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

Montclair Railroad Trail 
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 16, 9-11 a.m.
Shepherd Canyon Park
Mon., Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-Noon

WD Wood Park
(3rd Saturdays) 
Sat., Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-Noon

Shepherd Canyon Park 
Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

(last Sundays)
Sun., Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


FOSC Native Plant Nursery 
Joaquin Miller Park
(2nd and 4th Saturdays)
Sat., Jan. 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m.


Start at Sequoia Arena Gate,
Joaquin Miller Park 
Sat., Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 


Fruitvale Bridge Park 
Thurs., Jan. 21, 9-11 a.m.


State of the Watershed 2016 
Dimond Library  
Wed., Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m.
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Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director

January News Photo Credits: Kathleen Harris, Michelle Krieg, Kimra McAfee, Karen Paulsell, Mark Rauzon
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