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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megallegos

Date

September 1, 2014 07:08 PM PDT

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Description

Found on my arugula leaves in my backyard garden.

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Noctuid Moths (Family Noctuidae) Family Noctuidae

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awolfrum

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August 25, 2014 07:44 PM PDT

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Walking Sticks Family Phasmatidae

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robberfly

Date

August 27, 2014 05:56 PM PDT

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My roommate found this in his room at the windowsill. Didn't even know we had these in San Francisco.

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Tree Mallow Malva arborea

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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Seaside Daisy Erigeron glaucus

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

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jmaughn

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August 24, 2014

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Common Murre Uria aalge

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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Wandering Tattler Tringa incana

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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Geranium Plume Moth Amblyptilia pica

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robberfly

Date

August 23, 2014 04:47 PM PDT

Description

On my front door as I went out for dinner...

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One-eyed Sphinx Smerinthus cerisyi

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tiwane

Date

August 21, 2014

Description

The caterpillar my camper found in this observation (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/809991).

I took it home and it pupated. Emerged today. Definitely looks like a Smerinthus, probably S. cerisyi. What do you think?

Will get some better pics of its spread wings once it rests more.

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irises (Genus Iris) Genus Iris

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awolfrum

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April 4, 2013 06:22 PM PDT

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Decapods Order Decapoda

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awolfrum

Date

July 23, 2013 11:31 AM PDT

loarie Project curator ID

Order Decapoda

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awolfrum

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November 22, 2013 06:30 PM PST

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awolfrum

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August 4, 2013 01:03 AM PDT

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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awolfrum

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August 3, 2014 06:16 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

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Cellar Spiders Family Pholcidae

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awolfrum

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July 12, 2014 06:05 PM PDT

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awolfrum

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August 26, 2013 07:34 PM PDT

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Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus) Araneus diadematus

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awolfrum

Date

October 28, 2013 11:57 AM PDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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awolfrum

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June 17, 2014 12:12 AM PDT

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awolfrum

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July 4, 2014 12:45 PM PDT

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

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awolfrum

Date

the past

Description

Help ID me please.

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awolfrum

Date

July 12, 2014 02:29 PM PDT

Description

A man fishing had these worms in a bucket for bait on the south end of Ocean Beach. I think he was fishing for crabs and there were numerous small crab shells south of where there are sometimes people fishing.

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Bees and Allies Superfamily Apoidea

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awolfrum

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June 27, 2014 12:04 PM PDT

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awolfrum

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April 23, 2013 06:23 PM PDT

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awolfrum

Date

August 26, 2012 04:59 PM PDT

Description

ID pls

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Plume Moths (Superfamily Pterophoroidea) Superfamily Pterophoroidea

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awolfrum

Date

June 8, 2013 08:43 PM PDT

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Plume Moths Family Pterophoridae

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awolfrum

Date

April 23, 2013 10:32 PM PDT
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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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