Outing with the Park District trails managers

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Conservancy members recently hosted a tour of Claremont Canyon with planners from the East Bay Regional Park District's Trails Development team, including trails manager Sean Dougan and Ward 2 Board Member Dee Rosario. We hiked up the Conservancy's new Gwin Canyon trail connecting Park District and UC lands, then headed over to the Stonewall-Panoramic Ridge Trail to assess its steepest section just below Panoramic Way. We are hoping the Park District will build switchbacks on this degraded section of trail for increased safety and accessibility to hikers. We'll keep you informed as progress develops.

Bird Walk

Last month's bird walk, led by Dave Quady and Kay Loughman, was a quiet affair—only fourteen species of birds were observed due to little rain and recent strong, dry winds. Nevertheless, our group of birders enjoyed each others' company and had a good chance to look through the new pocket guide, "Birds of Northern California", of which Dave is lead author (read more).

Here's what's happening this month: 

For a description of other volunteer opportunities, click here. 

Saturday, January 20, 9:30 to 12:30Fungi, Soil and the World Beneath Us. Please join us for this workshop. Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Restoration Institute will guide a walk through the damp forests of Garber Park with eyes on the world below. We will dig into the soil and ID some fungi and discuss their anatomy and reproduction. January is a good month for seeing lots of fungi. Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber at 9:30 for snacks and coffee. RSVP to Shelagh at garberparkstewards@gmail.com as space is limited. Directions and more information is at garberparkstewards.org.

January 27, 10 AM to Noon. Trail Work in the Upper Canyon. Join us as we continue to fashion and install steps on to steepest part to the newly opened Gwin Canyon Trail. We are putting eucalyptus tree trunks to one of their few good uses by using them for steps. We will cut them into the desired lengths, cut off the outer layers on two opposite sides to create flat surfaces, drill holes for rebar and then anchor them in place. A lot of work but we are rewarded with immediate satisfaction knowing that future hikers will use them for years to come. Meet us at 10 at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from the Ashby/Tunnel Road intersection.

February 4, 10 AM - 2 PM. Claremont Canyon to Sibley: A Scenic Tour of North Oakland’s Hidden Trails. This 7.6-mile hike, hosted by the Berkeley Path Wanderers, will begin at Signpost 29 then go up the Willow Trail to the Skyline Trail and traverse over to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. We will eventually return to Signpost 29 via the Gwin Canyon Trail, where we will meet up with our cars. This walk is quite hilly, so come prepared for some good exercise! For more and to rsvp go to the Pathwanders

For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own.