Wild Oakland Walks: Social History of Lake Merritt
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Oakland Museum of California | 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Social History of Lake Merritt | Wild Oakland Walks
We’ll start at the rooftop garden of the Oakland Museum (no entrance fee required), where we’ll get a good overview of the Lake and an introduction to Lake history. From there we’ll walk along Oak St./Lakeside Dr. to Grand Ave. This stretch includes both the oldest and the newest buildings on the Lake plus a few other surprises. Over the last 150 years the Lake has oscillated between jewel and sewer. We’ll try to recreate a few snapshots in time to see how the attitudes and technologies of the day influenced the wildlife of the lake. We’ll end with a glimpse into the future with the completion of projects under measure DD.
Dr Dianne Fristrom is a retired biologist from UC Berkeley and a natural history docent at the Oakland museum. She and her husband moved to Oakland in 2000 to a condominium on Lakeside Drive. The new location inspired an interest in birding – starting with learning to identify the Lake’s waterfowl. More recently she has focussed on learning about the social history of Lake Merritt.
Please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org