Creekside Science

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

EW tour 1-31-2014

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.

Barbed Goatgrass Control Research

In Stewardship on November 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

BGG mowing on Coyote Ridge Creekside

Creekside staff has been working diligently to control Barbed Goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis) in occupied Bay Checkerspot habitat on Coyote Ridge. This annual grass occupies areas where important forbs (like host and nectar plants) may grow. Notably, BGG seems to form denser stands thus deteriorating Checkerspot habitat. We present the following findings (see PDF below) on BGG control which has mostly been successful and met project objectives.

Creekside Executive Summary on AETR control

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