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An Intimate Look at the Sausal Creek Watershed

By Paul Belz “A creek has two jobs,” Christopher Richard told a group of adventurous hikers in the Sausal Creek watershed. “One is to transport water, and the other is to transport sediment.” Christopher was the Editor, Publisher, Webmaster, and … Continue reading

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Assembling the Lake Merritt Neighborhood

By Paul Belz Planet Drum uses strategies such as map-making workshops to connect people with local environments to highlight connections between human communities and natural ecosystems that surround them. “The part of the biosphere we can most affect is our … Continue reading

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Cuddle puddle ladybug huddle in Redwood Regional Park!

By Paul Belz “How many ladybug species do you think live in California?” East Bay Regional Parks naturalist Michael Charnofsky asked a group of 100 ladybug seekers. “100,000!” an eight year old boy called. Michael laughed and stated that around … Continue reading

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Mushrooms in Redwood Regional Park

By Paul Belz Imagine a redwood forest that is home to strange little life-forms of all shapes and colors. “Mushrooms are interesting to me… because they’re like the flowers of winter. They appear when not a lot of other things … Continue reading

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Getting close to our winter guests

By Paul Belz A group of about thirty curious birders stood at the edge of Lake Merritt, mere feet away from dozens of water birds. “This is the great thing about Lake Merritt,” said Marissa Ortega-Welch, coordinator for the Golden … Continue reading

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Emergency Mushroom Walk to SAVE KNOWLAND PARK!

Have fun and sign the petition to Save Knowland Park! When: Sunday Dec 28, 2014 from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm Where: Knowland Park- we’ll meet at the Cameron Avenue entrance, a cul-de-sac off of Malcolm Avenue that dead-ends at the park. It’s fine to park … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Oakland: A Walk Along the Hayward Fault

By Paul Belz “This is something you’d see in a textbook, right here in Oakland,” Andrew Alden told a group of 50 explorers who stood near the entrance to the Oakland Zoo. He showed a creek that flowed from the … Continue reading

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Speak up to save Knowland Park- Tues, Nov 18 from 5:30-8 pm!

THIS IS IT: Last chance to protect Knowland Park! Please come to the Oakland City Council meeting on Tues 11/18 from 5:30 – 8 pm. Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor Please RSVP here if you can attend: bit.ly/knowlandmeeting. … Continue reading

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For the love of moth…

By Constance Taylor Perusing the shelves of the library looking for reference books about moths, I couldn’t find a single one. There were books dedicated to termites, lobsters, crabs, coral, slugs & snails, the friggin’ kraken- the dozens of books … Continue reading

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Sausal Creek Watershed: Land of redwoods and fog

By Paul Belz “I’ve done over 2,000 tours of Oakland by walking, bike, any non-motorized way you can imagine,” Grey Kolevzon told group of 50 enthusiastic hikers. “This is one of my favorite places.” Our band of explorers had hiked … Continue reading

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