In Uncategorized on September 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Creekside staffer Lech Naumovich teamed with the East Bay Regional Park District and the California Native Plant Society of the East Bay in order to bring together a workshop on rare plant seed collection methods. Our project took place in Redwood Regional Park, on a restored serpentine area known as the Serpentine Prairie. This site is home to one of the two largest populations of Presidio Clarkia (Clarkia franciscana). We’ve been working to learn how to best maintain the existing population and how we can use human stewardship to bolster resiliency of the site and its rare plants.
Here’s a quick synopsis of key topics we covered.
Thanks to everyone who came out and learned and participated in this project!
Sowing the last of the seeds onsite.
Seed count estimation subgroup.
Soil/Site preparation with superficial soil disturbance in targeted areas.
A picture of the Prairie circa May, 1969.
Lunchtime gathering overlooking the northern portion of the prairie.
Hunting for Presidio Clarkia on the east slope.
seed collection and screening
In Restoration, Stewardship on June 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm
We 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.
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!
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.
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.
Christal of Creekside talking about the mowing treatment at Edgewood
Bill Korboltz of Friends of Edgewood relating volunteer monitoring techniques.