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Rare Plant Service-based Learning Workshop: Serpentine Prairie, Oakland

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

CLFR rare plant seed collection workshop 9-5-2014-1371

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.

UPDATE 9/26/2014: Project highlighted in KQED Science Friday Blog.

 

Here’s a quick synopsis of key topics we covered.

key considerations for rare plant seed collection workshop

Thanks to everyone who came out and learned and participated in this project!

Hunting the Tiburon Paintbrush

In Research on July 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

Laney - Castilleja study in Marin-3327Creekside staff has teamed up with researchers in order to help us learn more about the endangered Tiburon Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis ssp. neglecta). Laney Widener of the Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden has been traveling through California collecting samples and updating the distribution of this plant (and a number of Castilleja species). Read the rest of this entry »