Creekside Science

Medusahead Treatments Showing Success

In Restoration, Stewardship on June 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

creekside pano of medusahead mow at edgewood 2014 smlWe are very excited to publicly report that our medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski) treatments at Edgewood Preserve have been an enormous success. Our treatments started in 2009 with medusahead infestations spanning some 5-6 acres of the preserve grasslands.  As we completed our 2014 seasonal mow, staff botanists observed only a few individuals throughout the treatment area. Our timed mowing has been extremely successful in reducing the invasive by > 99% according to our annual monitoring which occurs before any mowing.

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ARS photo: Brett Bingham

The Friends of Edgewood have volunteered many hours in order to help reduce resprouts and find new nascent foci and make our efforts even more successful. Thanks to San Mateo County Parks, Friends of Edgewood and all our partners for the great work. We will continue to monitor the site to ensure medusahead is (hopefully) eradicated from the site! 

Conservation and management of three imperiled West Coast butterflies

In Conferences on February 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

Conservation and management of three imperiled West Coast butterflies: Bay, Quino, and Taylor’s checkerspots.

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Creekside Science teamed up with a host of fantastic sponsors including Xerces Society, Center for Natural Lands Management, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in order to bring together scientists and land managers working on 3 different listed checkerspot subspecies which range along the west coast of the United States. Two days of presentations and one day of field tours allowed the group to share research and ideas on natural history, habitat restoration, the institutional landscape, media and outreach, captive rearing and funding. The USFWS Alviso Environmental Education Center hosted us on the beautiful shores of the South Bay. We anticipate that some energy will go towards creating a proceedings document of sorts and we hope this will catalyze stronger partnerships and innovative research and management.

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Christal of Creekside talking about the mowing treatment at Edgewood

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Bill Korboltz of Friends of Edgewood relating volunteer monitoring techniques.

Creekside Science and Partners Awarded

In Recognition and Media on December 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Creekside Science has been partnering with a number of land owners to ensure that the landscapes have been managed with an eye towards reducing invasives and encouraging high quality wildlife habitat. Creekside and partnering organizations were awarded two significant awards from the Wildlife Habitat Council this year:

 – The Silicon Valley Land Conservancy (stewarding PG&E land) with Creekside Science was awarded the 2013 Community Partner of the Year Award.
 – Waste Management of California, Inc. at Kirby Canyon Recycling and Disposal Facility, City of San Jose with Creekside Science was awarded the 2013 Corporate Habitat of the Year Award.

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