Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 8, 2015

Five Creeks Talks

Friends of Five Creeks (, presents Bay Currents

Talks on Bay Area nature and environmental issues, emphasizing positive solutions
St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington Ave. (at Curtis), Albany Refreshments 7 PM, talks begin promptly at 7:30. FREE

Tues., Jan. 13: Groundwater: California’s Real Buried Gold
Underground, California stores far more water than falls as rain or snow, or can be held in reservoirs. But this hidden treasure has been treated first-come, winner- take-all.
Environmental attorney Tina Cannon Leahy is Principal Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and the Assembly’s primary
water law and policy expert. She outlines the value and complexity of groundwater, along with opportunities, in the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Proposition 1, that may help us use it wisely

Tues., Feb. 10: Greening Wine
For California’s almost 4000 wineries and 6000 wine-grape growers, sustainability involves low water use, healthy streams, diverse wildlife and native plants, soil rich in nutrients and free of toxics, fair treatment of workers, vibrant local communities, and more

Tues., Mar. 10: What Your Bird Guide Tells You about Evolution

What ever happened to clapper rails, brown towhees, and marsh hawks? Modern genetic testing is not only making you learn new names for familiar creatures. It’s unveiling unexpected family trees, and revealing fascinating adaptations on the long evolutionary road from dinosaurs to today’s feathered wonders. Bring a bird guide! (We’ll have loaners, too).
Retired East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Alan Kaplan
is renowned for the wide-ranging curiosity and enthusiasm he brings to all things natural, including human history. His Golden Gate Audubon bird walks draw crowds. Don’t miss this talk

Tues., Apr. 14: How the East Bay Got its Forest
Hear how some growers and vintners are
embracing sustainability – from controlling
weeds with sheep to restoring miles of
wetlands and stream banks. Napa-area food writer Janet Fletcher, author of
Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California, is
joined by Allison Jordan, executive director of the California Sustainable
Winegrowing Alliance.
When European settlers arrived, the Bay Area was mostly open grassland. Builders of
cities, industries, and military reserves turned much of this into an urban forest thick
with non-native eucalyptus and Monterey pine. In the East Bay, this transformation
was mostly the work of one remarkable man! What became of his
dream, and how do we deal with his legacy today, amid dense
development, drought, changing climate, and wildfire risks?
Discuss the East Bay forest’s colorful past and uncertain future with Jerry Kent, who
retired as Assistant General Manager after a 41-year career with the East Bay Regional
Park District. A history lover, he has collected maps and photographs and researched
many aspects of East Bay nature and history.



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