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 05:18 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

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Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

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(Somewhere...)

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

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(Somewhere...)

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Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

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Female

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Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

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Male

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014

Description

Went out today to try to see the Brown Booby ( S. leucogaster )
seen out here on the Christmas Count last week. Alas, no sighting, but always thing to work on/slaughter Fungi/Lichens...

Fungi

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fungus Kingdom Fungi

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 11:23 AM PST

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Slime Molds Phylum Mycetozoa

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 10:43 AM PST

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on dead tree trunk.

slime mold ?

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Termites Epifamily Termitoidae

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 11:00 AM PST

Description

inside rotting log

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California Slender Salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 10:43 AM PST

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under log

saw at least 10 of these today

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Millipedes Class Diplopoda

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 10:27 AM PST

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Under wood

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Sow Bugs Family Oniscidae

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metsa

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December 20, 2014 10:28 AM PST

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under log

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Goldspeck Lichens Genus Candelariella

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 11:31 AM PST

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Gold Dust Lichen Chrysothrix candelaris

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:49 PM PST

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:55 PM PST

Description

Not sure about this green, granular thing...

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Farinose Cartilage Lichen Ramalina farinacea

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:56 PM PST

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Beard Lichens Genus Usnea

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 11:55 AM PST

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Cladonia in a tree?

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Red Beard Lichen Usnea rubicunda

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:44 PM PST

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The long, line golf path with enormous Eucs were Covered in lichens on the way back to the bus...

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Farinose Cartilage Lichen Ramalina farinacea

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:42 PM PST

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Maritime Sunburst Lichen Xanthoria parietina

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:42 PM PST

Description

Saw only one patch of this today. Wondering now if lichens are seasonal: sometimes this is the most abundant. Perhaps wrong trees?

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:20 AM PST

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Saw this only in two trees today along the coast trail...

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Slime Molds Phylum Mycetozoa

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:25 PM PST

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 12:20 PM PST

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Young ones on Eucalyptus...

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Cup Lichens Genus Cladonia

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 11:43 AM PST

Description

Exciting find. Neat to return to an old stomping ground and see it anew with a new group of things before you

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:25 AM PST

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:59 AM PST

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Death Cap? A. phalloides?

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:24 AM PST

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false chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:15 AM PST

Description

Bought Arora's "All That the Rain Promises, and More" - hip guide to this world.

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Bushy Lichens Genus Ramalina

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:18 AM PST

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robberfly

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December 20, 2014 10:24 AM PST

Description

Western Grisette?

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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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