Here a gobble, there a gobble, everywhere a gobble-gobble.
We're not talking about Thanksgiving leftovers, but about the wild turkeys that have settled in as part of the East Bay's bird population -- but never in one place for too long. A local creek group wants to track their movements and is seeking the public's help.
"They seem to be all over the place -- roosting on roofs, waddling across streets, pecking in gardens, and startling our pets," says the announcement from Berkeley-based Friends of Five Creeks (www.fivecreeks.org). "Still, their comings and goings are mysterious. They'll show up for weeks at a time, and then all of a sudden disappear."
The idea comes from F5C board members Ralph Boniello and Helen Dickson, who want to crowd-source information on turkey movements and motivations via online reports from the community. You can be a reporting "citizen scientist" by visiting www.inaturalist.org/projects/track-the-turkeys and adding your sightings and observations.
"Tell us how many you saw and describe any behavior you observe," the group says. "Did you see a hen out with her poults, or a gang of jakes checking out new territory? Were they tentatively exploring, or confidant in their domain?"
You can even do it from your smartphone through a free app at the website to offer updates while hiking or otherwise out and about. Your information could help provide insight on the fowl and what influences they might have on the local watershed.
THE GIVING SPIRIT: The sixth annual collection of warm coat donations by the after-school programs at the George Miller Centers in Richmond and Concord has begun and continues through Dec. 20.
Donations can be dropped off at the center at 2801 Robert Miller Drive in Richmond or pickup can be arranged. Bins are also available that can be dropped off and picked up at willing workplaces. Donations go to the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
For more details contact Claudia Lam at email@example.com or 510-374-3981 or 925-646-5710.
The nonprofit pantry distributes more than 14,000 boxes of food annually, in the process reaching more than 45,000 people in need in West County. It relies completely on volunteers to do this work and community donations make up more than three quarters of its operating revenue.
Donation checks can be mailed to Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, PO Box 2598, El Cerrito, CA 94530; or made online by clicking on the JustGive link at www.refp.org.
The pantry's food distribution site at 2369 Barrett Ave. in Richmond is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays,
GRIP is appealing for donations now through Dec. 31 to its Countdown to End Hunger in Richmond campaign, when amounts will be matched by the East Bay Community Foundation.
Learn how to help by visiting www.gripcommunity.org and clicking the "Support GRIP" button.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES: Come for carols and other festivities at the annual tree lighting in Point Richmond at 5 p.m. Nov. 30 at Indian Statue Park.
East Bay artisans will have items available at the craft and design marketplace, the center will have its own ceramics and yarn sales and a silent auction of fine art, everyone is invited to sing their favorite holiday songs at "karol-o-kee," children can do their own art activities and the holiday cafe will have food and wine. Admission is free.
Details: www.therac.org or 510-620-6772.