[Fosc] Citizen Scientists Needed! Endangered Pallid Manzanita Crew

Jill Miller via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Thu Mar 23 13:39:04 PDT 2017

Hello FOSCers!

Are you intrigued by scientific field methods? Do you love being outdoors?
Does a gorgeous manzanita stop you in your tracks? Friends of Sausal Creek
is excited to be partnering with California Native Plant Society and Chabot
Space and Science Center on a new citizen science initiative to protect and
restore the state-listed endangered and federally-listed threatened pallid
manzanita (*Arctostaphylos pallida*). We are looking for a few good
volunteers to help preserve this iconic local species.

*Pallid Manzanita: An Endangered Chaparral Beauty*

Pallid manzanita is a rare species found in the maritime chaparral habitat
of western Alameda and Contra Costa counties. This graceful woody shrub has
smooth red bark, urn-shaped flowers, and berries reminiscent of little
apples or *manzanitas, *but it is distinguished from closely related
species by a pale white or “pallid” bloom on young leaves. For thousands of
years the fire-adapted pallid manzanita thrived in the East Bay hills, but
today the species is on the brink of extinction. One of the last remaining
populations of pallid manzanita is found in the Sausal Creek Watershed
adjacent to the Chabot Space and Science Center (CSSC) in Joaquin Miller
Park. In 1995, there were 21 pallid manzanita individuals found at CSSC;
today there is just one surviving member of that group.

*All Call for Citizen Scientists *

Helping to protect and restore the endangered pallid manzanita does not
require a specialized background, but it does require a desire to learn and
a love of the outdoors. Working with the Pallid Manzanita Crew is an
opportunity to learn about habitat enhancement activities such as removing
invasive and competing species and restoring native plants. Crewmembers
will help gather data to monitor the existing pallid manzanitas for an
annual report for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

*Workdays: A Year Commitment to Pallid Manzanitas*

Workdays are from 9 a.m. - noon on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the
Chabot Space and Science Center located at 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. We
are asking for a *six day commitment* over the course of a year so we can
train and retain volunteers who will be knowledgeable about working with
this vulnerable species. Our first workday will be Saturday, April 8th.

*Ready to RSVP?*

Please RSVP or direct questions to Jill Miller education at sausalcreek.org or
(510) 853-3533. Space is limited as we want to keep this program small and

Additional information on the pallid manzanita:

*Status of pallid manzanita (Arctostaphylos pallida) in the Sausal Creek
Ralph Kanz

Video: pallid manzanita restoration in the Sausal Creek Watershed

iNaturalist observations and information

*Pallid Manzanita: A Species at Risk*
Mary Ann Showers, CDFW


See you in the watershed,


Jill Miller
Restoration and Education Manager
Friends of Sausal Creek
(510) 853-3533

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*Get Involved <http://www.sausalcreek.org/#!event-calendar/c190e>*
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