[Fosc] Endangered Species Day: Pallid Manzanita Walk this Friday, May 19, 10 - 11 a.m.

Jill Miller via Fosc fosc at lists.sausalcreek.org
Sat May 13 17:54:40 PDT 2017


Hello FOSCers!

Did you know that the Sausal Creek watershed is critical habitat for the
endangered pallid manzanita (*Arctostaphylos pallida*)? The state-listed
endangered and federally-listed threatened pallid manzanita is only 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 it is threatened with
extinction.


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Discover this rare beauty on Endangered Species Day with an interpretive
pallid manzanita walk during which we will discuss this fascinating endemic
species and efforts to restore it. A brief overview of the legal meaning of
"endangered" will be presented along with a snapshot of local endangered
species.

Meet in front of the Chabot Space and Science Center located at 10000
Skyline Blvd. in Oakland. We will tour the Chabot stand before heading over
to the Big Trees Trail pallid manzanita site. Walk time is approximately
one hour, and total walk distance is ~ .5 mile; participants are welcome to
drive between sites.

Please reply to this email to R.S.V.P. or with questions.

See you in the 'shed!

Jill

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*Jill Flaningam Miller*
*Restoration and Education Manager*
*Friends of Sausal Creek*
email: field at sausalcreek.org
web: www.sausalcreek.org
cell: 510.853.3533
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