Hidden Biodiversity

The Franciscan manzanita, Arctostaphylos franciscana, is San Francisco's unicorn. The Franciscan manzanita is a subtly charming flowering shrub found nowhere else on Earth. Its tragic history is filled with heroic acts by botanists striving to keep the species alive. In 1906, the specimens first used to identify the species were rescued from the California Academy of Sciences by botanist Alice Eastwood as fires driven by the San Francisco earthquake ravaged the Academy’s collections. In 1947 Alice Eastwood and others stood in front of bulldozers to wrest the last known wild plants from a construction site. The plants were sent to the Tilden botanical garden across the bay, and no one found the plant in the wild again.

But in 2009, ecologist Daniel Gluesenkamp spotted a suspicious shrub in an area being cleared of vegetation for the Doyle Drive road-widening project in San Francisco's Presidio. To the delight of botanists worldwide, the shrub turned out to be a ...more ↓

Posted on March 24, 2014 02:18 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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It was a first for me to come out here and see them in non-breeding plumage...

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Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Kildeer Charadrius vociferus

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Would love to solve this Purple/Cassin's/House dilemma of knowledge...

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Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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The most I'd ever seen out here...

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

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robberfly

Date

September 30, 2014

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Probably nearing the end of the flight. Most abundant lep out here on the Saltgrass...

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

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robberfly

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September 30, 2014

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Went out here to work on my birds. Everything is SO DRY - like you're gonna set off a fire just by the scuff of your shoes.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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awolfrum

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September 27, 2014 11:33 PM PDT

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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adrained

Date

September 22, 2014 02:09 PM PDT

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Seen this butterfly a few times flitting about the plants of yerba buena - both up by the restaurants, and down by mission.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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robberfly

Date

September 23, 2014

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Three of them slamming about. Definitely at the height of the Fall brood.

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Coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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metsa

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September 21, 2014 12:31 PM PDT

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Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

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dominic

Date

September 20, 2014

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Lots of them. Almost caught one. They were all on a rock that looked like a turtle. I thought that was pretty funny.

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fungus Kingdom Fungi

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dominic

Date

September 20, 2014

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Found it while I was looking for salamanders. Cool colors.

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California Slender Salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus

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dominic

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September 20, 2014

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Some more of the salamanders I caught in the park.

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

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dominic

Date

September 20, 2014

Description

Very calm to people. I could've grab one and it still would've been calm.

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California Slender Salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus

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dominic

Date

September 20, 2014

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Tried to turn over a log and accidentally pulled out a huge piece of bark. About 20 of them fell out but I ended up catching 5 and later let them go.

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Umber Skipper Poanes melane

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kristward

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September 7, 2014 03:18 PM PDT

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Mosses, Hornworts, and Liverworts Phylum Bryophyta

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awolfrum

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September 15, 2014 07:30 PM PDT

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Termites Epifamily Termitoidae

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awolfrum

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September 17, 2014 08:50 PM PDT

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Genista Broom Moth Uresiphita reversalis

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robberfly

Date

September 15, 2014 09:14 AM PDT

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On the wall of the laundry room. When I saw them coming off the Broom, I put 2 & 2 together...

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Rosy Ice Plant Drosanthemum floribundum

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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longhairedlizzy

Date

September 9, 2014
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We live in a diverse city: diverse cultures, diverse neighborhoods, a diverse landscape - and also very diverse in the plants and animals that live here with us! Help us document the biodiversity in San Francisco! In your backyard, in your neighborhood, on your walk to work... let us know what plants and animals you've observed in our city!

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