About the Friends
About Sausal Creek
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|Volunteer! :: Monitoring Teams|
Description: The Friends have been monitoring birds along Sausal Creek for several years. In 2003, birding outings started on a quarterly basis. Outing participants get started in the morning and hike for 3-5 hours near the creek identifying and admiring the wealth of birds that share our watershed. General protocol includes documenting birds observed during a ten-minute period at each of several locations (aka "point count"). Data gathered by FOSC bird monitors will be used to evaluate the impact of the Friends' restoration activities.
Aquatic Insect Sampling
Description: Insects found within a stream are indicators of the overall health of
the aquatic habitat. Specific aquatic macroinvertebrate orders, and even
individual families within these orders, are known to be pollution
sensitive or pollution tolerant. Members of the aquatic insect monitoring
team for Friends of Sausal Creek have been observing and learning about
stream fauna within the watershed since early 1998. Thus, our data spans
a period of 2-1/2 years prior to the 2001 channel restoration. We now
look forward to watching how the stream is re-colonized with new, or
perhaps familiar, insects.
Water Quality Monitoring
The Friends' Oyster Monitoring efforts have come to a close. This project, under the tutelage of Save the Bay, helped provide data about the water quality in the SF Bay. Watch this space for a follow up report on this project.
Friends of Sausal Creek :: (510) 501-FOSC (3672)
PO Box 2737, Oakland, CA 94602