2018 Trail Trekkers Annual Meeting

A mountain lion cub was found near the Greek Theater in Berkeley the Tuesday after our meeting.

It’s a new year and the Trekkers are looking forward to building on our accomplishments in 2018.  Join us and help shape the future of open space in El Cerrito.

Our Annual Meeting on January 20th at the Community Center was an opportunity to get together to review what has been accomplished and look forward to 2018 goals. Thanks to xxx for covering our meeting  in the East Bay Times.  The meeting will also include elections of officers.  If you would like to join the Board of Directors come join us at 10 am, the second Saturdays of each month.

Pumas among us. Dr. Courtney Coon, a wildlife biologist with the Bay Area Puma Project will discuss these big cats that share our open spaces and sometimes our urban spaces. Dr. Coon is investigating aspects of puma heath and occupancy in the Bay Area, so she is in the know!  Pumas have been seen in Bay Area towns and were recently seen in the Berkeley hills. It was a fascinating and useful talk.

What is a Puma_

Dr. Coon told us a Puma has more names than any other animal.

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Dr. Coon is explaining that Pumas are the biggest of the small cats.  (Cheetahs are second biggest)  She showing how small cats have a small bone in their throat that allows them to purr,

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Dr. Coons is showing Yellowstone with and without Pumas.  Too many deer disturb the ecosystem and an adult Puma eats about one deer a week.  (nom nom nom)  We learned that we have good Puma habitat in the East Bay and El Cerrito in terms of food.

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The Puma Project has set up trail cams all around the Bay Area and showed us some amazing videos.  Puma kittens have spots, but adults are difficult to tell one from another unless they have had a life experience that made a mark.

A mountain lion cub was found near the Greek Theater in Berkeley the Tuesday after our meeting.

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Dr. Coons receiving an honorarium from our Communications Director, Mollie Hazen

Many Thanks to Rick Radin for covering our event in the East Bay Times.  

EL CERRITO –– Courtney Coon admits she has yet to see a mountain lion in the wild, even though she is an expert on the big cats with the Bay Area Puma Project.

Sightings are indeed rare and the reputation mountain lions have for being dangerous to humans is overblown, said Coon in a presentation at the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers annual meeting Jan. 20.

In fact, the animals have been responsible for a mere 18 verified attacks on humans in California since 1890.

“Pumas are lazy and pick off weak animals, and other animals scavenge for the food they leave behind,” Coon said. “They live on about 6,000 calories a day, which amounts to a deer a week.”

They go out of their way to avoid humans by becoming even more nocturnal in their travels when they are in areas inhabited by humans.

Trekker Board of Directors

We thank Jenny Hammer and Tom Gehling for their service on the Trail Trekkers board of directors. Jenny and Tom recently stepped off the board. Jenny was one of the founders of Trail Trekkers back in 2010, helping discover the forgotten urban paths in town, and spearheading efforts to successfully build several trails, including the Motorcycle Hill Trail.  We owe access to the part of the Hillside Natural Area north of Porrero Avenue to Jenny’s efforts.

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Tom, a native of El Cerrito with deep expertise about, and dedication to preserving, the natural environment, joined our group in 2012. He has worked on trails, planned trail building, helped devise our map, ran our website and much more.

Both Jenny and Tom will remain involved with Trekkers, leading hikes, taking part in work parties and more.

The new 2018 Board of Directors includes Dave Weinstein – President, Pam Austin – Vice President and Treasurer, Mollie Hazen – Communications Director and Mark Miner – Secretary & Webmaster

Mountain lion cub spotted near the Greek Theatre in BerkeleyMountain lion cub spotted near the Greek Theatre in BerkeleyA UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.A UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.A UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.A UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.A UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.A UC Berkeley employee spotted a mountain lion cub on Tuesday evening near the Greek Theatre, east of the main Cal campus.

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