SERCAL takes a Whale Watching trip to the Farallon Islands, Sep. 13, 2014!
Meanwhile, in June, the Franklin Point Field Tour Group Discovers… There's Something There!
The Franklin Point field tour featured an informative discussion of general restoration topics and a detailed site overview as we leisurely strolled along the Cascade Creek Trail and bluffs.
After introductions where the group of 15 shared some of their favorite prairies, Tim Hyland of State Parks presented a thorough overview of the site's unique history and we laughed at the humor of a statement he once heard from someone looking over the open prairie and exclaiming "there's nothing there!" Systematically, we refuted that claim while taking in the site's highlights including acres of dense California oatgrass clumps with their fascinating cleistogamous seeds, a hard-to-find population of early flowering Davy's clarkia, and broad mats of self heal contrasting against the golden grass leaves and blue Pacific Ocean beyond.
We discussed the importance of knowing your site's hydrology and how various management methods can transform a weed-dominated landscape to support native species. Lewis Reed of the Bodega Marine Preserve led a discussion which emphasized the importance of setting restoration goals which allow for a broad range of approaches, and shared various monitoring methods for coastal prairie ecosystems. One particular highlight of our discussion was the importance of timing — not only in timing the application of different invasive weed control methods to better achieve goals, but also in planning revegetation efforts to include plants with varying flowering periods during the year as well as each day so as to better foster pollinators and wildlife diversity.
All in all, it was fun day in the sun along the coast with a broad range of SERCAL members, native plant enthusiasts, and restoration practitioners. -- Will Spangler, SERCAL No. Cal. Coastal Habitat Guild Chair (photos courtesy Will Spangler and Carol Presley)
Plus There's More Field Events in the Works for this Fall: Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough, Big Boy Construction Equipment, AND a So. Cal. Soils Workshop
Experience Monterey Bay in October: Kayak Elkhorn Slough, one of California's largest wetlands and part of the National Estuarine Reserach System, and see a fantastic variety of wildlife including sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, shorebirds, and waterfowl while you're viewing salt marsh restoration projects implemented by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. Be sure to watch this site for upcoming details!
And not just for So Cal in October: Have you ever wanted to try your hand at operating and really understanding the heavy-duty machines used in your restoration projects? This is your chance! PLUS Vic Claassen will lead a So Cal Soils Workshop. Again, watch this website for upcoming details!