[Fosc] King Tides walks this week

Kimra McAfee coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Tue Jan 28 12:22:12 PST 2014

Hi Friends of Sausal Creek,

We hope you will join us to learn about the history of the Oakland 
waterfront this Thursday morning (1/30/14) at 10 a.m. at Fruitvale 
Bridge Park.  However, if you work or live outside of Oakland, it may be 
more convenient for you to join one of the other walks around the bay.  
Please see below for details.



Easy, level, free walks along the bay Jan. 30-31 will let you enjoy the 
outdoors, nature, and history while getting a foretaste of rising seas. 
Watershed groups around the bay have scheduled King Tides walks in 
Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.

If you have them, bring binoculars to enjoy wintering bird life, and a 
camera to contribute to the California King Tides Initiative 
(www.californiakingtides.org/ <http://www.californiakingtides.org/>). 
Your photos can show how rising sea levels may affect both nature and 
our communities around the bay. Here are details:

9-11 AM Thurs., Jan. 30, Berkeley: Friends of Five Creeks President 
Susan Schwartz leads an easy walk and talk that also focuses on 
waterfront history, wildlife, and restoration. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, 
south side of University Avenue just west of I-880. Information: 510 848 
9358, f5creeks at aol.com <mailto:f5creeks at aol.com>, www.fivecreeks.org 
<http://www.fivecreeks.org/>. No dogs, please.

10 AM-12 PM Thurs., Jan. 30, Oakland: Friends of Sausal Creek and 
Waterfront Action host a walking tour led by local historian Dennis 
Evanosky, who will discuss the history of the waterway along the 
shoreline where Sausal Creek now flows into the estuary via a culvert. 
Meet at the benches at Fruitvale Bridge Park (Fruitvale Ave. & Alameda 
Ave.). Rain will not cancel the walk--it could make the observations 
even more interesting! Dogs on leash welcome. Information: 510 501 3672, 
coordinator at sausalcreek.org <mailto:coordinator at sausalcreek.org>, 
www.sausalcreek.org <http://www.sausalcreek.org/>.

12-1 PM Thurs., Jan. 30, Palo Alto: Acterra Stewardship Program, 
Environmental Volunteers, and Save the Bay host a walk through the 
baylands with docents from the Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter. Meet 
at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Rd. Bring lunch; coffee and tea 
provided. Registration required at 
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-stewardship-program-1232645539 (or 
search Eventbrite). Information: taliak at acterra.org 
<mailto:taliak at acterra.org>.

11 AM-1 PM Fri., Jan. 31, San Rafael: Gallinas Watershed Council hosts 
an easy walk along Gallinas Creek enjoying nature and learning about the 
watershed with hydrologist and nature lover Rachel Kamman. Meet in the 
parking lot of One McInnis Parkway (at the intersection of McInnis 
Parkway and Civic Center Drive). Information: 415 578 2580.

Walk leaders will share information on how global warming is expected to 
raise sea levels, how the Bay Area is preparing, and how we can do more.

Tides in the Bay routinely fluctuate six feet or more. The unusually 
high tides informally called King Tides recur each winter when earth and 
sun are aligned (full or new moon), earth's orbit brings it closer to 
the sun (perihelion, each January), and the moon's orbit brings it close 
to earth (perigee).

These King Tides let us glimpse what is likely to be normal in future, 
as a warming earth leads to sea level rise due to (a) melting of ice 
caps and glaciers and (b) expansion of water as it warms. Warmer oceans 
and an unstable climate also are predicted to bring stronger storms, 
magnifying the damage caused by rising seas. Basic information on global 
warming, recent research, and likely effects on areas of California can 
be found at http://cal-adapt.org/.


Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org
web: www.sausalcreek.org

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