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Thank You, Persevering Friends!

Despite the challenges many experienced on May 3 when trying to donate to FOSC via East Bay Gives, your efforts were not in vain. We clinched the Environmental Hour prize of $3,500, as well as the Last Prize of the Day, two Golden Tickets, and a share of the Sunset Prize--a total of $5,433.32 in cash prizes on top of the $11,287 in donations that managed to get through the glitchy online donation system. We also much appreciate the donations from those who turned to PayPal, Network for Good, or their checkbooks. Your generosity enables our small staff to lead 4,000 volunteers each year in enhancing our urban wildlands.

If you think you made a donation via East Bay Gives but did not get a receipt from East Bay Community Foundation, fill in the "NEED YOUR RECEIPT?" section at https://eastbaygives.org/.
Save the Date  
Dimond Park is the Place to Be on July 17 
Celebrate FOSC's 20th anniversary at this all day event! The program for the day will be posted on our calendar soon.

Ribbon Cutting for Dimond Park Project & Annual Dimond Picnic
Dimond Park
Sunday, July 17
Friend of the Month:
Joyce Stanek  
What epitomizes a watershed friend? Someone who sees something that sorely needs attention and does it. Joyce Stanek is that quintessential volunteer. In late 2013, she approached the city's Adopt A Spot program about adopting Fruitvale Bridge Park and the surrounding area near the mouth of Sausal Creek. For three years, FOSC volunteers had been leading biannual cleanups at the park for Creek to Bay Day and Earth Day, but the site obviously needed much more frequent attention. Now you can find Joyce there every week, removing trash before it makes its way into the estuary. She also led the charge to get fishing line recycling receptacles installed on the fishing pier. And most recently she procured a Keep Oakland Beautiful grant to install bilingual signage along the Bay Trail segment from Fruitvale Avenue to High Street to remind folks that they can protect birds and fish by putting trash where it belongs. Thank you, Joyce, for your dedication and perseverance!
Remember to Vote on Measure AA

Measure AA aims to:
*    Reduce trash, pollution, and harmful toxins in the bay
*    Improve water quality
*    Restore habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife
*    Protect communities from flooding
*    Increase shoreline public access

Please remember to vote on June 7th!

For more information please click here.
Explore the Watershed
A Rose Family Shrub by Any Other Name ...
Common name:
Creambush or ocean spray

Scientific name:
Holodiscus discolor

Creambush or ocean spray? It's hard to choose which common name is more appropriate for holodiscus discolor, a shrub that grows in our watershed, throughout the East Bay, and in diverse habitats all over the West. Both names refer to the flowers that bloom in late spring, luscious cream-colored panicles that from a distance look like the froth of surf. The deciduous leaves are small but broad, alternate, with shallow lobes and deep parallel veins. Native peoples found numerous medicinal uses, including as a digestive aid, for both the flowers and berries; and the wood, noted for its strength, was often used for making digging sticks, spears, arrows, bows, harpoons, and nails (which explains yet another common name for this plant: ironwood). Creambush, which often grows to a height of 12 feet or more, is plentiful along the Bridgeview Trail in Dimond Canyon.

--Andrew Aldrich
Farewell and Thank You, Jyllian!   

A heartfelt goodbye and thank you to Jyllian Smith, our FOSC intern extraordinaire for the past nine months. Jyllian joined FOSC's team last September with a background in environmental education and an eagerness to learn about the cycle of habitat restoration. Throughout her internship Jyllian was involved with a variety of facets of FOSC's work. She assisted with our large Creek to Bay Day, Solstice Planting, and Earth Day events, co-led several workdays with students at Dimond Park--including our May 21 march down Fruitvale Avenue against litter, led corporate group restoration programs in the redwoods, and assisted site leaders during their events. She was also a huge asset to our environmental education programs, assisting or independently leading 20 field trips and developing new curriculum. Jyllian also had the opportunity to learn the cycles of plant care and propagation through collecting seed, monitoring nursery pests, transplanting, leading nursery workdays, planting in the field, and monitoring field plantings.

With the launch of our now regular pallid manzanita habitat restoration workdays at the Chabot Space and Science Center, Jyllian also played a key role co-leading workdays and field trips around the endangered manzanitas, helping set up a manzanita germination experiment, and testing nearby soil for pathogens.

Thank you, Jyllian, for being a part of our team. We will miss you!
Bringing the Creek to the Community  

Below I-580 Sausal Creek is largely buried underground or hidden from view. But that doesn't mean that the neighborhoods can't benefit from its presence.

Last December FOSC received a grant of consulting services from Skeo Solutions, a national planning firm focused on social and environmental equity. The goal is to create a Walkable Watershed Plan for neighborhoods along the creek from the I-580 overpass to Fruitvale Bridge Park. Over the past six months, FOSC and Skeo have been working with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the city, and the Unity Council, collecting input from community leaders and local students on community needs around pedestrian infrastructure, green space, and creek access and restoration.
In September we plan to host a public open house to get feedback on the draft Walkable Watershed Concept Plan. We anticipate that the plan will identify a wide variety of projects, small and large, short-term and long-term. Through the partnerships FOSC is building, we are excited about the prospects. If you are a neighbor or work in the watershed (or the adjacent watersheds) between I-580
and the estuary, and you are interested in getting involved before the public open house, please contact Kimra at coordinator@sausalcreek.org.
Learn more about the project at www.walkablewatershed.com/sausalcreek/.
Are You a WIMBY?

"What's In My Backyard" (WIMBY) is a question being addressed by the Insect Sciences Museum of California with the aid  of naturalists, photographers, and citizen scientists like you. Join our scheduled events as we survey the flora and fauna of the Sausal Creek Watershed and add to FOSC's iNaturalist project. You can access and contribute to the evolving field guides at http://isfba.bugpeople.org. For more information contact Eddie Dunbar at sausalcreek@bugpeople.org or (510) 506-2837.
Kudos Corner
Kudos to Karen Paulsell for making sure that we stay on top of the goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis) in Joaquin Miller Park. Since this very fast spreading, invasive annual grass was discovered in Joaquin Miller Park in 2011, Karen has taken the lead on keeping it in check. This year she found the seed heads appearing earlier than usual. Thanks to her persistence (including showing the city crew its location), it was mowed down before the seeds could mature and drop. Thank you also to Oakland Gardener Crew Leader Michael Allen and his team for removing the goatgrass before it could spread--a key to preventing a major infestation in the area.

Thank you to La Farine-Dimond for providing scrumptious refreshments for our May meeting.
Event Calendar

Beaconsfield Canyon 
(last Saturdays)
Sat., June 25, 9 a.m.-Noon

Bridgeview Trail
(2nd Sundays) 
Sun., June 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m

Bridgeview Trailhead Native Bee Garden 
(3rd Sundays plus!)
Sun., June 5 & 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Chabot Space and Science Center
Pallid Manzanita Habitat Enhancement
(2nd Saturdays)
Sat., June 11, 9 a.m.-Noon
Rain may cancel. Check calendar for updates.  

Marj Saunders Park

(1st Mondays)
Mon., June 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Montclair Railroad Trail 
(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., June 18, 9-11 a.m.

WD Wood Park

(3rd Saturdays)
Sat., June 18, 10 a.m.-Noon

Meet at the Dimond Recreation Center entrance 
Sun., June 26, 10 a.m.-Noon
El Centro Trailhead
(last Sundays)
Sun., June 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Locations TBD
Fri., June 10, 10 a.m.-Noon
Thurs., June 16, 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
(2nd and 4th Saturdays)
Sat., June 11 & 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church 
Wed., June 8, 7-9 p.m. 

Save the Date 
Dimond Park
Sun., July 17
Celebrate FOSC's 20th anniversary at this all day event! The program for the day will be posted on our calendar soon!
Get Involved
Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Sausal Creek Watershed and to inspire action that will help preserve and protect the creek and its watershed as both natural and community resources. 

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Michelle Krieg
Restoration & Nursery Manager

Kimra McAfee
Executive Director

Photo Credits: Andrew Aldrich, Devin Cormia, Eddie Dunbar, Marcus Griswold, Kristin Hathaway, Michelle Krieg, Kimra McAfee, Jill Miller 
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