The Coyote Howl - New Intern; Summer Creek Cleanup Challenges; Partner events
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August 2015: Happenings and News about Coyote Creek

Welcome Lue - Our First Riparian Avenger!

What are Riparian Avengers? Well, they are interns who support and lead our creek cleanups and develop and implement ways to engage more people to care for our creeks.

Join me in welcoming Sarat Lue, an Air Force veteran and fellow with the Mission Continues program at SJSU. By utilizing his training with the Air Force and interest in community service, Lue will work closely with us to lead more cleanups, work with schools along Coyote Creek to use the creek for field trips, and get the word out about the opportunities to get involved with keeping Coyote Creek beautiful. Read more >>

Be sure to say "hi" to Lue!

Take care,
Deb Kramer
Keep Coyote Creek Program Manager

Summer Creek Cleanup Challenge

Join a Coyote Creek Cleanup:
8/22 at Galveston Ave
8/29 at Roosevelt Park
8/30 at Hellyer County Park
9/19 Coastal Cleanup Day

As part of our Summer Creek Cleanup Challenge, we want you to be one of the 1,000 volunteers to remove 10 tons of trash from the San Jose creeks. This is the opportune time to get into the creek and really remove that legacy trash! You know, the tires, safes, and mattresses that have been embedded in the creek. Come out to keep Coyote Creek beautiful with neighbors, students, families, and friends at a creek cleanup event. This fun event is guaranteed to increase your Trash Karma!

Register on Eventbrite

Perry Henry keeps our volunteers safe

Featured Volunteer: Perry Henry

We first met Perry one year ago. He wanted to help host a Coyote Creek cleanup in the neighborhood he lives in near Hellyer Park. Since that day in August, he has been a consistent team leader, providing oversight and safety for our volunteers each and every month. Additionally, Perry has been a big part of the behind-the-scenes work for the cleanup and more. He helps to gather supplies, generates ideas for conducts neighborhood outreach, and looks for partnership opportunities within the communities with which he leads. Be sure to thank him for his outstanding volunteerism. We sure do! 
Sierra Club GRG Hosts a Walk and Talk about Creeks

Partner Spotlight: Sierra Club's Guadalupe Regional Group

The Guadalupe Regional Group is a regional group within the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our members are residents of greater Santa Clara County. We advocate for policies protecting the natural environment, support candidates friendly to the environment and host events, such as educational presentations (see the photo above with a recent walk and talk about Three Creek Trail in San Jose), recreational outings and nature hikes. Our current campaign includes working with community partners to help clean up Coyote Creek.

We offer members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, help the environment and give back to their community. General meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Learn more about us about the Guadalupe Regional Group website and visit our Facebook page.

Around the Bay...


Something Magical Happens

Kenneth Rosales, Volunteer Team Leader, shares his experience on a recent Coyote Creek cleanup. "At every cleanup event, we foster and solicit the exchange of diverse ideas, knowledge, and solutions with youth, senior, minority, and low-income communities." His team took a break, and "magic happened." Read more >>

Rooftop Solar Frank Talk on August 25 

Join Sustainable San Jose 3D for a Frank Talk on Rooftop Solar. Learn about installation and affordability. Save money and the planet. Ask questions to a panel of experts. Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 - 7:30 at the Coyote Creek Outdoor Classroom. Learn more >>

Coyote Creek Continues to Heal after the Jungle

Isn't it amazing how nature takes its course and heals itself? Coyote Creek is no different. In a recent San Jose Mercury News article, reporter Mark Emmons writes about Coyote Meadows, formerly "the Jungle" and how it is recovering. Read more >>

Being a Part of Team 222

KCCB is not the only group doing creek cleanups. The Friends of Los Gatos Creek hosts their Team 222 cleanups, where 25 people go to each of up to 5 locations to clean a section of Los Gatos Creek. This model was designed by Steve Holmes, who has been hosting these cleanups for the past 2 years and just reached their 100 ton milestone! (See the YouTube milestone video.) Read more >>

A Love for Wild Salmon

"The Breach" movie, along with the "DamNation", are two films everyone who is interested in salmon and other anadromous fish should view. Both films tell the story about the threats to the long term preservation of our cold water fisheries on the West Coast. Both films speak to the four "H's" - Hydropower (dams), Habitat, Harvest, and Hatcheries - as the major causes for the declining populations of salmon and steelhead. Thanks to Chuck Hammerstad at Flycasters for sharing. Learn more >>

What's In Your Watershed

The Coyote Creek Watershed is filled with an abundance of wildlife. In this article, Bill Leikam (aka "The Fox Guy") write "When a Gray Fox Barks" about a recent investigation he conducted on a den of foxes, including Dark Eyes, Blue, and Cute (see photo at left).  Read more >>

Selected Upcoming Events

Be sure to see all our events and partner events on the comprehensive calendar.

  • 8/15: Bird Banding for Families
  • 8/22: KCCB Coyote Creek Cleanup
  • 8/25: Frank Talk on Rooftop Solar
  • 8/29: KCCB Coyote Creek Cleanup
  • 8/30: KCCB Coyote Creek Cleanup
  • 9/12: Team 222 Cleanup on Los Gatos Creek
  • 9/17: State of the San Francisco Estuary conference
  • 9/19: Coastal Cleanup Day along Coyote Creek
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