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The Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Returns to San Bruno Mountain!

In Bay Checkerspot, Climate Change, Nitrogen Deposition, Recognition and Media, Research, Restoration, Stewardship, Topoclimatic Studies on March 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm

The federally threatened Bay checkerspot butterfly was extirpated from San Bruno BCB_Larva_lanceolata_munch_SBM 3-1-2017 4-51-20 PM (1)Mountain in the mid 1980s.  On March 2 and 3 2017, Creekside Science biologists collected 3630 caterpillars from Coyote Ridge in San Jose and released them on the main ridge of San Bruno Mountain.  The larvae immediately started munching English plantain, a  non-native used by other closely related checkerspot populations.  The cool coastal environment, robust perennial hostplant, and extensive habitat are encouraging aspects of this project.  This project may show that we can reintroduce extirpated species without the technical challenges and expense of restoring all historical conditions.

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Find the very hungry caterpillar!

Many thanks to the Disney Butterfly Conservation Initiative, US Fish and Wildlife Service, San Mateo County Parks and Recreation, and SF Bay Wildlife Society for financial and professional support.

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Reintroduction high above San Francisco International Airport. Bay checkerspot flight #1 will depart in late March!

Creekside Science and Partners Awarded

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


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.

Wildlife at Work

In Recognition and Media on February 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Among other services, Creekside offers creating unique partnerships that help maintain wildlife and native plant resources while meeting the promulgated goals of the organization. Creekside has been working with Pacific Gas & Electric for quite some time, but we’ve formalized that relationship recently and now our collaborative project with PG&E is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work project. If your company is a large landowner with unique habitats, please contact us to see if we can make the most of those resources and put that “wildlife to work”!

Wildlife Hab Council Cert for PGE