Wildcat Creek Watershed | Richmond, CA

What about reimagining watersheds as neighborhoods, large and small? Wholly H2O is working with live media artist Ian Winters and the 12-member Lightbulb Ensemble to create a visual and sound performance, The WaterHood. The performance will explore the complex qualities and characteristics of a watershed from various perspectives – physical, aesthetic, ecological, and social. The 2018 performances will emanate from Wholly H2O’s year-long citizen science data collection project in the Wildcat Creek watershed in Richmond, CA reconnecting humans with their watersheds and the natural water cycle.

Lake Merritt BioBlitz, Image Credit: Nerds for Nature

Oysters | Image Credit: The Watershed Project


To spread awareness of the fact that we all live in a watershed and that our behavior influences the well-being or harm of all of our WaterHood neighbors. Children, teens, and adults become data-gathering “citizen scientists,” whose work will be featured in the finished piece.


We’re inviting hikers, kayakers, experienced BioBlitzers, at-risk youth groups, and especially those who aren’t in the habit of noticing their ecosystem to be citizen scientists and photograph species throughout the Richmond watershed. You can upload them to our project site on iNaturalist entitled “Wildcat Creek Watershed“.


We have planned specific surveying events, called a BioBlitz, from Summer 2017 to Spring 2018. But you can add photographic observations in the Wildcat Creek watershed in Richmond watershed at any time from May 1, 2017 to April 31, 2018. Get out there and get to know your wonderful watershed! Even if you don’t live in Richmond, you’ll fall in love with it through its WaterHood. Look below to see find out about our upcoming BioBlitz.

Citizen Science Bio Blitzes

Lake Anza and Wildcat Creek Gorge BioBlitz | Berkeley, CA | October 29, 2017, 9am -1pm | FREE

Full Moon Oyster Count BioBlitz | Pt Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond, CA | Nov 4, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 pm | FREE

Jewel Lake and Wildcat Creek BioBlitz | Kensington, CA | Dec 10, 2017, 8:30am – 12:30pm | FREE

Davis Park and Wildcat Creek BioBlitz | San Pablo, CA | Feb 24, 2018, 8:30am – 12:30pm | FREE

Wildcat Marsh Loop and Wildcat Creek BioBlitz | Richmond, CA | March 10, 2018, 8:30am – 12:30pm | FREE

Citizen Scientists at work!

Images from past Bio Blitzes

Read about the Natural History of Wildcat Creek Watershed
View Wildcat Creek Watershed’s Timeline from 1750 to the present (with informative maps)
Learn about species present in the Wildcat Creek Watershed and East Bay

This project is partially funded through a generous grant from the Creative Work Fund. The remainder of this project is funded through donations. Please help support this project!