We’ll plant Albany Hill natives in the oak woodland and adjoining meadow and pull out ivy and scatter grass.
City Nature Challenge Bioblitz on Albany Hill and Cerrito Creek, Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am – 12 pm
Become a citizen scientist as you help us record into iNaturalist all of the organisms we encounter on the hill, including plants, insects, fungi, birds. Fun activity for all ages. No experience necessary.
Load iNaturalist onto your smart phone before arriving. If you don’t have a smart phone, come anyway and you can pair up with others who do.
We’ll gather at the far north end of Taft Ave before fanning out to all areas of the hill.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Dec 9, 9 am -11:30 am. Enjoy nature on the little shoreline hill (Albany Hill) while planting natives grown from seed collected on the hill. We’ll look for monarchs clustered in trees while we’re working. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided. Wear long pants, long shirts, closed-toed shoes. Groups of 4 or more RSVP to email@example.com. If under 18, bring a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of a waiver.
Meet at the far north end of Taft Ave on the hill. Map of meeting place: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1Mpi7Vk7MWFXrijgrXdS1LC6KVFBt9KK4&ll=37.89607299205393%2C-122.30490099999997&z=18
We’ll work in a light rain–call to confirm 510-289-5346.
Last Saturday of the Month Work Party, Nov. 24, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy nature in the serene oak woodland on the little shoreline hill while planting natives grown from seed collected on the hill. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided. Wear long pants, long shirts, closed-toed shoes. Groups of 4 or more RSVP to email@example.com. If under 18, bring a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of a waiver.
Meet at the far south end of Santa Clara Ave in El Cerrito, next to Cerrito Creek.
We’ll work in a light rain–call 510-289-5346 to confirm.
Last Saturday of the Month Work Party, Aug. 25, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
We’ll be pulling ivy and scatter grass in the oak woodland. Gloves and tools provided. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants. Meet at the south end of Santa Clara Ave in El Cerrito, next to Cerrito Creek (3499 Santa Clara Ave, El Cerrito in Google Maps). If you arrive late, look for us above the trail on the east side of the hill. More info: email@example.com
Join us for these mellow walks in Creekside Park and up the oak woodland trail, looking at plants and listening to birds. Meet on sidewalk of Pierce St at the bridge/culvert over Cerrito Creek, southwest of the Pacific East Mall and northwest of the driveway entrance to the Bayside Commons Condos. We’ll walk into the park on the path along the south side of Cerrito Creek. More info: 510-289-5346, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildflower and native plant hike on Albany Hill, Thurs., May 17, 9-11 am. Learn about native plants, animals, and a little geology as we climb about 340 feet up the north and east slope and head back down on the west.
Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Bring water and hiking sticks if you use them.
Meet at the SW corner of Pacific East Mall parking lot, 3288 Pierce St. (AC Transit 80 or 72, or El Cerrito Plaza BART).
Free; co-sponsored by Albany Senior Center/Friends of Five Creeks. Info: Margot Cunningham, Tending the Ancient Shoreline Hill, email@example.com.
Wildflowers and other plants on Albany Hill, Saturday, May 19, 10 am. Join Margot Cunningham on this 1.5 – 2 hour walk to learn about the great diversity of native plants growing on this small urban open space.
We’ll start near the north side of the hill, cross Cerrito Creek, walk along the riparian/oak woodland edge, head back through the lower meadows, then ascend through the oak woodland to the crest, about a 340-foot climb.
We’ll see more meadow and woodland plants on the crest and west side, then return to the start. See lists of plants, bryophytes, fungi and other organisms found on Albany Hill at www.tendancienthill.org.
Meet at the south end of Santa Clara Ave in El Cerrito, next to Cerrito Creek (3499 Santa Clara Ave, El Cerrito in Google Maps).
Public transit: 0.5 mile walk from EC Plaza BART, 0.2 mile walk from San Pablo Ave/Carlson Blvd. stop on AC Transit 72 line.
Free; co-sponsored by East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-289-5346.
Weds, May 2, 6 pm – 7 pm
Join us for a mellow walk in Creekside Park and up the oak woodland trail, looking at flowers and listening to birds. Meet in the meadow south of Cerrito Creek, accessible either by crossing Cerrito Creek from Santa Clara Ave in El Cerrito, walking north from the end of Madison in Albany, or walking east along the pathway on the south side of Cerrito Creek from Pierce St. More info: email@example.com.
Saturday, March 24, 9 am-11:30am
Learn about plants and animals on Albany Hill while helping TASH plant natives in a meadow.
Meet at the south end of Santa Clara St in El Cerrito, next to Cerrito Creek. We’ll cross the creek and walk to the east side of the hill to plant in a meadow and adjacent oak woodland.
Map of meeting place:
Wear long sleeves, long plants, sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle. Gloves, tools, snacks, and extra water provided.
Volunteers under 18 need to have their parent/guardian sign a waiver. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the form. Also, groups of 4 or more people, please RSVP to email@example.com.
If greater than 50% chance of rain predicted for that day, the event will happen 4/7/18 instead. Check this web site for forecast beforehand: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.30668225173945&lat=37.89542307092697#.WpijFmaZNPN.
In California’s past thousands of native people in hundreds of different groups lived here (and their descendants still live here). The landscapes were different. Tule elk and pronghorn antelope, for instance, grazed in huge herds on native grasslands and grizzly bears roamed hills and valleys.
Laura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist trained in biology and paleontology, spent years studying and painting forgotten landscapes of California, publishing many of them in a book, A State of Change (Heyday 2010).
The following are reproductions of her art work showing how the area around Albany Hill may have looked hundreds of years ago.