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The Inevitable Happened…

In their unquenchable thirst for knowledge, our beloved coordinator Felisha Walls and intern Charlie Chesney have spread their wings and left to get their respective graduate degrees.

Felisha’s last day was June 16, and she is going to get her doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will be travelling all over to study fish in river systems!

Charlie’s last day was June 21, and after trekking in Nepal and volunteering in India this summer, she will be getting her masters at Oxford! She will be studying biodiversity, conservation, and management!

We wish them both the very best! Have fun, learn lots, and keep in touch!

Felisha's Facebook pic CharliesPhoto

Thank You Volunteers!

The Living Arroyos Program hosted two volunteer workdays in the month of February. Each volunteer event was hosted at separate project sites with two distinct goals in mind.

February 4th volunteer day group photo

February 4th volunteer day group photo

February 18th volunteer day group photo

February 18th volunteer day group photo

On Saturday, February 4th, volunteers were asked to meet at the Stanley Reach Project site to implement riparian habitat maintenance plans. We were delighted to meet with 25 volunteers who were eager to get the job done. We dedicated the morning toward removing wild radish plants that were invading areas where our native trees are trying to flourish.

Volunteers hand weeding wild radish

Volunteers hand weeding wild radish

We are excited to announce that our volunteers removed 490 gallons of wild radish plants by hand. After a 15 minute break, we focused our attention on the native trees located closer to the channel. Due to recent rainstorms, these trees were covered and/or damaged by large loads of wooden debris that were deposited on stream banks. Volunteers worked diligently removing 1,125 gallons of wooden debris.

Volunteer removing wooden debris

Volunteer removing wooden debris

We hosted another successful volunteer event on Saturday, February 18th, at the Springtown Mitigation Project site. 49 enthusiastic volunteers attended the event to assist in enhancing riparian habitat.

Volunteers

Volunteers

We had three goals for the day: (1) plant 167 native trees (2) participate in the City of Livermore’s BioBlitz by logging 167 trees in the iNaturalist App, and (3) remove trash. Because of the large group of volunteers, we were able to achieve all three goals!

After planting and logging the 167 native trees, volunteers removed over 200 gallons of trash out of the channel.

Volunteers planting a native tree

Volunteers planting a native tree

Father and son removing trash

Father and son removing trash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to thank our volunteers for their efforts in improving and enhancing local riparian habitat! We look forward to working with you all again : )

Living Arroyos New Intern!

You may have met her already, but we at Living Arroyos are happy to introduce our new intern—

Charlie Chesney!

CharliesPhoto

Charlie joined the Living Arroyos team as a Park Enhancement Aid in January 2017. She graduated from San Francisco State University in May 2015 with a BS in Biology and Zoology. Since then, she has counted migrating raptors in Yellowstone and worked with California Condors in Big Sur. Charlie will be continuing her conservation education in graduate school this fall. In her free time, Charlie explores Livermore’s trails, is learning how to sew, and spends time with her three cats.

Please give Charlie a warm welcome to the Living Arroyos Program!