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 your photos.  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.