November 12 Annual Meeting

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The Conservancy's Annual Meeting was held November 12, 4-6 PM at the Claremont Hotel. The meeting began with the reading of a proclamation by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Councilmember Susan Wengraf followed by brief presentations by Conservancy board members regarding membership and stewardship work. 

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Our keynote speakers, pictured with Conservancy Board President, Tim Wallace (left) were Robert Doyle (center), General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, and Ken Pimlot (right), Director of CAL FIRE. Each gave a presentation of their agency's efforts to promote fire safety in the East Bay Hills.  About 100 people were in attendance.

Conservancy Dues: This is the time of year when we ask our members and supporters to make a donation to the Conservancy. Not yet a member? You can join through this website (and make online donations here as well—many thanks!). If you would rather send a check the old-fashion way, mail to P.O. Box 5551, Berkeley, CA 94705. All donations, large and small, are important and very much appreciated. Founding Sponsor memberships are $100 per year. Regular annual dues are $50 per household and a suggested $25 for students and persons with limited incomes. Contributions are tax deductible. We will never share your email or contact information to a third party. Thanks for your support. Feel free to contact our membership assistant Sonya Moore for any questions.

Thank You CAL Students: More than 20 UC Berkeley students joined us on October 28th to celebrate Berkeley Day working on trails in Claremont Canyon. Together we cleared trails, pulled French broom, widened the narrow portions of the new Gwin Canyon Trail and began installing steps on the steeper portions. Lots was accomplished and the trails are in great shape. Berkeley Day happens twice a year and the Conservancy has had students involved in these efforts for several years. Claremont Canyon is an example of how teamwork pays off. Thank you to the students, the Eagle Scouts and to all our volunteers for their past and present efforts.

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Here's what's happening this month: 

November 18. Garber Park Habitat Restoration. Join us from 10 AM to Noon for our monthly invasive weed pull. Our long-term effort to restore and maintain native plant communities in this beautiful oak woodland park at the base of Claremont Canyon continues. We will be looking for possible planting sites this winter--and possibly planting if there has been rain. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber, .4 miles up Claremont from the intersection with Ashby Avenue. Look for the Garber Park sign at the parking turnout. For more information contact Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com or visit the website garberparkstewards.org.

Saturday, December 9—The Birds of Claremont Canyon, 8-11 AM, led by Dave Quady, Audubon Christmas Bird Count Leader, and Kay Loughman, creator of Wildlife in the North Hills (nhwildlife.net).

Join us to look for winter birds in Claremont Canyon. Dave and Kay will also lead a special owling adventure in the wee morning hours, followed by a break for breakfast. Join us for one walk or both.

Owling (December 9), 4:30-6:30 AM. Meet at the trailhead on the north side of Claremont Avenue (Signpost 28), about one half mile uphill from the Alvarado Road intersection. After a brief owling lesson, we’ll listen for owls at a couple of locations in the canyon. We will walk a little, but mostly stand quietly in the dark and listen. Owling is chancy: we hope to hear an owl or two; if we’re lucky we may see one. Rain or high wind cancels.

Daytime Bird Walk (December 9), 8 AM. Meet at the top of the canyon at Four Corners (the Claremont Avenue/Fish Ranch Road/Grizzly Peak Boulevard intersection). We will drive to a couple of locations to sample different habitats in search of resident and migrant birds. Rain or high wind cancels.

Call Dave at 510-704-9353 before 9:00 PM on Friday, December 8 if you’re unsure whether the walks will run in light of the next day’s weather forecast. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, field guide and flashlight (for owling).