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Help FOSC Win $3,500 on Tuesday May 3!

For the second year, FOSC is participating in East Bay Gives instead of our usual appeal for support this time of year. Each hour on May 3, cash prizes will be awarded to nonprofits meeting certain donation criteria. From 4-5 p.m. is the Environmental Hour, during which the environmental organization with the most individual donors will win $3,500. What a way to leverage your donation to FOSC! The minimum donation is only $20, but we hope you'll be generous as you have been in the past to support our great work.

All you have to do is visit our website, www.sausalcreek.org, on Tuesday, May 3, and click on the DONATE button. You will be linked to FOSC's East Bay Gives page and an online donation form will appear. If you can't donate between 4 and 5 p.m., an online donation any time that day will help. Check out these highlights from the prizes list if you want to try to leverage other cash prizes for FOSC.

If you haven't already, please Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Instagram and Twitter. This campaign is social media driven, and it has the potential to significantly expand our donor base. But we need FOSCers to help us amplify.

Last year Friends generously donated more than $11,000 during East Bay Gives and earned $5,000 in cash prizes for FOSC. With your help, we can achieve our goal of raising $20,000 this May. We will use these gifts for our year-round environmental education programs, to grow native plants and provide other support for restoration sites throughout the watershed, and for our watershed advocacy work ... every day of the year.

If you cannot give online on May 3, mid-year donation checks are still very much appreciated. Thank you!
Where Did Our Urban Forest Come From?  

How did planting relate to residential development? What are the consequences and public costs of dealing with its legacy today? Jerry Kent, recently retired after a 41-year career with the East Bay Regional Park District, will document the history of large-scale tree planting in the East Bay.  Jerry will specifically address fire and its inevitability in urban wildland areas.

How Did the East Bay Get Its Trees?

Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m.

FOSC 20th Anniversary 
Student March Against Litter and Illegal Dumping  

Teens--make your sign, put on your trash monster costume, and grab your drum! Let's get the word out that trash in our steets and parks and illegal dumping are not okay. Community members are encouraged to support the student leaders by participating in this march.

Dimond Park Recreation Center Entrance
3860 Hanly Rd., Oakland
Saturday, May 21, 9-10 a.m.

The march will move around the Fruitvale neighborhood and end at Wood Park at 10 a.m., where a community workday will follow from 10 a.m.-noon. Participating students will enjoy a picnic lunch following the workday to celebrate your role in making FOSC 20 years strong! If you plan to participate in the workday and are under 18, please bring FOSC and City of Oakland waivers signed by your parent or guardian. For groups of five or more people who would like to participate in the march and/or Wood Park workday, please RSVP to Michelle Krieg at field@sausalcreek.org.
Friends of the Month:
Bird Checklist Team  
We are excited to release an updated version of Birds of the Sausal Creek Watershed: A Checklist. When this birding checklist was last published in 2003, there were 92 species; since then, our intrepid bird monitoring team, under the stalwart leadership of Mark Rauzon, has documented 129 bird species in the watershed! Thank you to the many volunteers who have lent their keen ears on the quarterly outings. A peregrine-sized thank you to Lisa McGinty for laying out the brochure, especially for squeezing in two more species after the brochure was "final," and to Karen Paulsell for patiently tweaking the map until it was just so.
Explore the Watershed

Stop the presses!
Common name: Eurasian collared-dove
Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto

As the bird list was finally going to print, the bird monitors saw a new species for the watershed--a harbinger of things to come. A Eurasian collared-dove was seen perched atop a street light in the Dimond District. This species has been rapidly expanding across the United States since the early 1980s. These birds are already in Alameda and Berkeley, and more may invade our area. Getting a start date on its arrival is fortuitous since we can observe how it spreads, and spread it will. There is nothing to stop their advance, so we hope the peregrines can benefit from extra food in the future. This timely observation illustrates the value of FOSC's bird monitoring program. In the same way, data from our water quality and aquatic insect programs help us monitor the health of the creek.

--Mark Rauzon
FOSC is Hiring

We are seeking an education specialist to lead our summer environmental education programs. This new staff person will work with three Team Oakland groups for one-half day each week for six weeks this summer and lead one program a week for Oakland Parks and Recreation summer campers in Joaquin Miller Park. Please forward this job description to your contacts.
Team Oakland: Summer Jobs for Oakland Youth

Team Oakland is a city-sponsored summer employment program for Oakland youth between the ages of 15 and 24. Team Oakland participants gain practical job training experience through meaningful city beautification and cleanup projects. The program seeks to provide a formative experience for young people through participation in city cleanups, park maintenance, habitat restoration, community outreach, and trainings on work and life skills and environmental topics. Those interested may complete an application at the office of the Youth Employment Partnership, 2300 International Blvd., Oakland. Applicants should be sure to note their interest in the environment/outdoors and Team Oakland. Applicants interested in participating in FOSC workdays and trainings should also specify this on their application.

Kudos Corner
We so appreciate the 246 Earth Day volunteers who helped at the 10 work sites in the watershed on Saturday, April 23. Thanks to their efforts, 20 cubic yards plus 27 bags of trash won't end up in our waterways. They also pulled, cut, or otherwise wrangled 133 cubic yards of green waste plus 31 bags. Kudos!

Thank you to La Farine-Dimond, Peet's Coffee & Tea-Dimond, and Noah's Bagels on Lakeshore for providing refreshments for Dimond Park and Canyon Earth Day volunteers.

Dimond Improvement Association recently honored 35 Keep Dimond Clean volunteers for their outstanding work picking up litter and debris and removing graffiti. Kudos to these wonderful folks who week in and week out intercept the trash before it makes its way into the storm drains that lead to Sausal Creek.
Event Calendar

Beaconsfield Canyon 
(last Saturdays)
Sat., May 28, 9 a.m.-Noon

Bridgeview Trail
(2nd Sundays) 
Sun., May 8, 10 a.m.-Noon 

Bridgeview Trailhead Native Bee Garden 
(3rd Sundays)
Sun., May 15, 10 a.m.-Noon

Chabot Space and Science Center
Pallid Manzanita Habitat Enhancement
(2nd Saturdays)
Sat., May 14, 9 a.m.-Noon
Rain may cancel. Check calendar for updates.  

Marj Saunders Park

(1st Mondays)
Mon., May 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

WD Wood Park

(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., May 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
El Centro Trailhead
(last Sundays)
Sun., May 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location TBD
Fri., May 13, 10 a.m.-Noon
Rain may cancel. Check calendar for updates.
Join the seed hike Google Group here.

FOSC Native Plant Nursery
Joaquin Miller Park
Sat., May 14 & 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Dimond Park Recreation Center Entrance
Sat., May 21, 9-10 a.m.

Dimond Library
Wed., May 18, 7 p.m.
Jerry Kent, How the East Bay Got Its Trees

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Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director

May News Photo Credits: Margaret Bratt, Megan Hess, Kathryn Hunts, Michelle Krieg, Mark Rauzon; painting by Laura Cunningham in consultation with Stephen Edwards  
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