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Upper San Leandro Reservoir
Upper San Leandro Reservoir, East Bay Municipal Utility District    

Shimmering lakes, wooded glens and bright sunflowers can be enjoyed along 80 miles of EBMUD trails in the East Bay. These hiking and horseback-riding paths go through 27,000 acres of open space. EBMUD provides parking at five staging areas and stocks water on the trails for horses. EBMUD manages watershed lands to protect water quality. For this reason, trail users must follow use rules and have permits.

Birds: waterfowl (possibly Wood Duck!), wrens, finches, raptors.

Hiking Difficulty: 2

Directions:

  • Take Highway 24 west
  • Take Orinda exit
  • Head south 5 miles on Camino Pablo and Moraga Way
  • Turn right on Canyon Rd.
  • Go 1 mile to Valle Vista staging area

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Crow


I was watching all the bird activity on my feeders recently, specifically noting the hierarchy of birds getting to feed while others were waiting their turn. While I was checking out the action I suddenly noticed another bird, a crow, looking my way.

"Hey!" I called to the crow. "Are you watching me?" Incredibly, the crow answered. "Yes, people watching is my hobby. I find human behavior both fascinating and complex." "Thatís funny," I said.

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek, says there are five essential elements for success ó water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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