Building a bark trail in the native grass meadow.
It’s time to refresh the bark path in the native grass meadow, so that park visitors can enjoy it and reduce damage to native plants. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Follow signs from parking lot a short walk to the native grass meadow. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org. See you there!
For this year’s annual planning meeting, we are delighted to welcome Chris Rose from the Solano Resource Conservation District (RCD). Since our last successful partnership to restore habitat in the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor, the RCD has secured a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to plant native vegetation around Lake Dalwigk. Chris will present an overview of the planned restoration work and we’ll discuss how best the Alliance can join in this important work. The presentation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. After that, we will calendar activities for the next twelve months. Free refreshments and parking.
Members of the public are invited to come for the presentation only or stay for the entire meeting. The meeting will take place on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dan Foley Cultural Center, Vista Room, at 1499 North Camino Alto. To RSVP, call 707.652.7812 or email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Volunteers enjoying the great weather and food at the Blue Rock Springs Park BBQ.
On Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’ll be meeting at Blue Rock Springs Park (650 Columbus Parkway) for a cleanup of the lake and celebratory BBQ. Each year, the Alliance recognizes and thanks our volunteers with an easy morning in the park, followed by burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings. Join us for the cleanup or just for the BBQ at 11:00 … either way, you’ve earned it! RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or 707.652.7812.
Habitat restoration projects along the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor need your help before summer! Please join us on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Park in the Wardlaw Dog Park lot. Follow the path behind the dog park. Cross the bridge over the creek and turn right (west) along the path. Shortly after you cross under Oakwood Avenue, you’ll see our site at Mile Marker 0.69. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Rindler Creek Cleanup
Join us on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon for a creek cleanup! Rindler Creek flows out of the hills to the east of Vallejo, down into Lake Chabot. It attracts a fair amount of trash, unfortunately, and it’s time for a spring cleaning! Meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes, glove, hat and sunscreen. We will provide tools, trash bags, water, and refreshments. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Are you curious about the health of our local creeks and the role of citizen science in monitoring stream quality? Join us for a free presentation at our next Alliance meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District boardroom (450 Ryder St.). Patrick Edwards from Portland State University will provide expertise on community-based biomonitoring using aquatic insects. Dr. Edwards has over 20 years of experience teaching, has authored numerous scientific papers, and is the author of Field Guide to Stream Insects. If you are planning on joining us at this presentation, please RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Earth Day 2018
Join us in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 in two ways!
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we’ll join more than 30 other vendors and organizations at our Earth Day Festival, which takes place from at the Farmers Market on Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia. The free fun includes jugglers, face painting, kids activities and music, Loma Vista Farm, and much more. Our table will feature Critters of Lake Chabot! Need more info? Visit www.ValcoreRecycling.org.
Also on Saturday, April 21, there will be a cleanup along Blue Rock Springs Creek from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide tools and refreshments. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The site captain is Don Broderson; you can contact him at jbhsmrb (at) sbcglobal.net.
Volunteers help clear tules along the shores of Lake Chabot.
Kids are coming to Lake Chabot soon for the Youth Fishing Derby, and we need your help with a little shoreline improvement so they can reach the water. This event will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the boat launch in Dan Foley Community Park. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes (waders if you have them), hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide water and refreshments, as well as any tools that are needed. Enter the park at the east end of North Camino Alto, off Tuolumne past the Sutter Solano Medical Center. Please RSVP by emailing info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or calling (707) 652-7812.
The view of Mare Island from the US Forest Service Regional Office.
Here at the Alliance, we are enjoying the early spring weather and looking forward to spending some more time outside. Here’s what’s coming up this month:
San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival Saturday & Sunday, February 10-11, from 9 – 4, Mare Island. We are looking for volunteers to help staff the Alliance table at the Festival’s Wildlife Expo. It’s a great way to experience the festival, meet new people, and tell them a bit about what the Alliance does in Vallejo (table will have explanatory materials, you don’t need special training!) If you’re interested, please email info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org and we’ll find a shift that works for you.
Hanns Park Field Day Saturday, February 17, 9 to noon, Hanns Park We’ll be cleaning up an area of the park that doesn’t get a lot of attention: there are trash and undergrowth/fire suppression tasks to help GVRD with maintenance. Wear sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, hat, sunscreen and gloves. We’ll provide tools and refreshments. Park in the Hanns Park parking lot on Skyline just off Redwood Parkway, walk half a block up the street and through the chain-gate on the left. Or, you can walk up the trail behind the bathrooms, which are visible from the parking lot. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.
Red Tailed Hawk
The new year starts with two events that are focused on our feathered friends:
On Saturday, January 20, we’ll meet in Hanns Park from 9 a.m. to noon to monitor the bird boxes built by Alliance volunteers. We’ll see which birds used them in the last year, and get them prepped for the upcoming nesting season. Park in the Hanns Park parking lot (Skyline Blvd. off Redwood Parkway). Follow signs a short way up the path to the native grass meadow. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Free refreshments.
Join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance at the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, which runs February 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mare Island. There are loads of free bird walks, trail hikes, a vendor expo, and more! Our Alliance table could use volunteers as well: email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org if you can help out with a 2-hour shift. It’s a great way to experience the festival! Just visiting the festival? Visit : www.SFBayFlywayFestival.com for more info.
Seasons greetings from the Vallejo Watershed Alliance! We have no meetings or work days planned for December; but mark your calendars for our next planting and restoration field day on Saturday, January 20. Thanks you for your wonderful volunteer efforts throughout the year, and have a happy and safe holiday!