March 22-23 - Sunol BioBlitz
The Alameda Creek Alliance is organizing a BioBlitz in the Sunol region of Alameda County on the weekend of March 22-23, 2014. A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At a BioBlitz, professional scientists and naturalists lead teams of community members to discover the biodiversity of an ecosystem, often finding previously unknown species. Our goals are to discover, map, and learn about the living creatures in this region, and to highlight the areas biodiversity. While our focus will be on the public lands of Sunol Wilderness, were interested in observations from the wider Sunol area, including Sunol Valley, the town of Sunol, the Sinbad Creek watershed and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
We invite you to participate in the 2014 Sunol BioBlitz! No special expertise is required, and its a great way to explore and learn more about our local ecology and meet other with similar interests. You can choose to go out on your own during the 2-day event to record observations, or well set you up to be part of an expert-guided team. Please use this form to express your interests and availability in the event.
Were also recruiting field biologists, naturalists and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz. We invite you to join us and lend your expertise! We would greatly appreciate your help from a few hours during the BioBlitz event to more extended effort both before and/or during the event. You can signup to be a Team Leader here.
BioBlitz observations can be recorded on iNaturalist.org. We invite interested participants to download the free app and begin to explore iNaturalist before the event.
The Alameda Creek Alliance is also looking for volunteers to help staff an outreach and help table in Sunol Park over the course of the BioBlitz. Please contact Ralph@alamedacreek.org if youd like to help, and indicate what days and times you would be available.
Everyone who participates is invited to our wrap-up barbecue from 2-5pm on March 23, 2014 - the final afternoon of the BioBlitz. Well meet at a picnic area near the visitor center in Sunol Regional Wilderness to enjoy refreshments and discuss our observations and experiences. More details to come as they develop!
April 12 - Sunol Wildflower Festival
Saturday, April 12, from 11 am to 4 pm
It's time to celebrate the season of the birds, bees, flowers and trees! Join the EBRPD for hikes, crafts, music, slideshows and nature activities. Hikes are geared for different ages, distances and topics - there is something for everyone. Pack a picnic lunch, put on your hiking boots and join us for a glorious day filled with flowers in this very special wilderness! Fun for the whole family! Carpooling encouraged. Co-sponsored by the Alameda Creek Alliance.
Free event, but $5 parking fee will apply. No food will be sold at the event. Pack a picnic lunch. Please carpool, parking is limited. Call (510) 544-3249 or e-mail email@example.com for hike schedule - available one week prior to event.