Friends of Five Creeks will offer King Tides Walks Jan. 29-30

If you’re in the Bay Area for the late January King Tides, Friends of Five Creeks will offer four walks to observe the future sea level rise. Read on to learn more:

Easy, level, free walks along the Bay Jan. 29 – 30 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/). Your photos can show how rising sea levels may affect both nature and our manmade 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@aol.com, 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 manmade channel that divided Oakland from Alameda and the varied communities along it. Meet at Fruitvale Bridge Park (Fruitvale Ave. & Alameda Ave.), where Sausal Creek reaches the estuaryInformation: 510 501 3672, coordinator@sausalcreek.org, www.sausalcreek.org.

12 – 1 PM Thurs., Jan. 30, Palo Alto: Acterra Stewardship Program, Environmental Volunteers, and Save the Bay host an 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@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, or go to this link: http://www.gallinaswatershed.org/hike-the-watershed-walking-tour-2114.html

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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you from the California King Tides Initiative! Thank you for participating in the Initiative; today is the last day of King Tides in early January. We’ll be adding a post with a slideshow of photos from this year soon; the photos that have been posted to flickr look great! This isn’t your last opportunity to take photos for the winter months: the final set of King Tides for the season will occur between January 29th and 31st.

New Year’s Eve Nature Walk: Watchin’ the Tide Roll In at Rush Ranch

The Solano Land Trust is hosting a King Tides Walk from 11 AM to 1 PM on Tuesday, December 31st. The walk includes tours of some of the California King Tides Initiative’s Citizen Science Monitoring Locations. Check out the details below and contact the Solano Land Trust at daviess@sfsu.edu to sign up!

SOLANO COUNTY – Celebrate New Year’s Eve learning about science while watching the tide roll across Rush Ranch’s wild wetland. Join scientist and educator Sarah Ferner on Tuesday, December 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a short walk near the edge of Suisun Marsh during one of the highest high tides of the year – a King Tide. Nature should put on a quietly beautiful show as the rising tide slowly floods the marsh. Participants will learn about Suisun Marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what King Tides can teach us about sea level rise. Bring your camera to participate in California King Tide Initiative’s citizen science photo monitoring. Space is limited and advance registration is required via e-mail to Sarah at daviess@sfsu.edu.

Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). Hiking sticks, bug repellent and binoculars are also recommended. Plan to walk on trails that may be wet or muddy and stand still in windy conditions. This event is primarily for adults, though interested young people are welcome. The walk will proceed rain or shine because stormy weather creates an even more interesting scene.

Meet in the courtyard outside the Rush Ranch Nature Center. The Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection. For questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.

Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.

Rush Ranch at High Tide. Courtesy of Tom Muehleisen

Rush Ranch at High Tide. Courtesy of Tom Muehleisen

Rush Ranch at King Tide by Tom Muehleisen

Rush Ranch at King Tide by Tom Muehleisen

King Tides in Florida

WLRN, a public broadcasting station in South Florida, recently published an article on the King Tides in Florida. Most of Florida is very close to sea level, and sea level rise will have serious impacts to Florida’s communities. To learn how the King Tides can reveal the impacts of sea level rise, read on…

For a future glimpse of sea level rise, check out the King Tide

By Christine Dimattei

Photo Credit: Arianna Prothero The Ghost of Sea-Level Rise Future? Last month's King Tide had pedestrians wading through knee-deep water in Miami Beach.

Photo Credit: Arianna Prothero
The Ghost of Sea-Level Rise Future? Last month’s King Tide had pedestrians wading through knee-deep water in Miami Beach.

Want to see the effects of sea-level rise?  Don’t want to wait 50 years?  Just walk to virtually any coastal area during the natural phenomenon called “King Tide.”

There are plenty of charts, graphs and artist renderings hinting at what South Florida will look like once sea-level rise gets a foothold.  But experts say it’s probably Mother Nature who offers the most vivid preview of things to come.

King Tide occurs several times a year when the moon and sun enter into a special alignment with the Earth.  Such tides last for several days and are anywhere between a few inches and several feet above normal.

Although the tides aren’t caused by climate change, scientists, urban planners and activists say they offer a snapshot of what rising sea levels could do to South Florida’s coastal areas in just a few decades. To read more, click here.

Science in the City Video

The San Francisco Exploratorium’s Science in the City video series features the California King Tides Initiative this month!

“With every seasonal change in the Bay Area (and the rest of the state), tides have a significant impact on our coastlines. Once winter arrives, storms from the Pacific are more common and when weather interacts with the new phase of the moon, “king tides” are often produced. With sea levels on the rise, crucial documentation can be made of these king tides to help further the research being done by scientists and policy makers. The California King Tides Initiative has set up a place online where anyone with a camera can help by sharing their photos and information about their communities and how king tides are affecting them. With infrastructures, homes, and natural habitats at stake, social networking this way can lead to better understanding on how fast our landscapes are changing and what we can do to prepare for the future.” Go to this link to learn more or watch the video below!