Knowland Park Bioblitz
Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bioblitz to SAVE KNOWLAND PARK!!
Knowland Park’s western highlands host a rich collection of thriving native plants and animals, accessible to the public to enjoy and study. Rare maritime chaparral and native grasslands alongside coastal scrub and oak woodlands comprise interconnected ecosystems with spectacular diversity: Hundreds of species of lichen, moss, and fungi (including a 100+ year-old giant puffball “fairy ring”), fields of wildflowers and many other California native plants, from ground cover to shrubs and trees.
These habitats sustain a multitude of wildlife species—insects, reptiles (including the federal and state protected Alameda whipsnake), resident and migratory birds, and an array of mammals—from the lowly dusky-footed woodrat (a California Species of Special Concern) to the top of the food chain, our native mountain lion.
The Oakland Zoo is planning to bulldoze and build upon 56 acres of the most sensitive habitat, which will demolish pristine stands of maritime chaparral and native grasses, destroy over 50 mature trees including heritage oaks, and fence out wildlife that depends on this land to survive.
Not one East Bay conservation organization has endorsed this project.
Sunday, June 1st 9am: Knowland Park Bio-Blitz!
A Bio-Blitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and volunteer citizen-scientists together. We’ll look for birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects, spiders, trees, flowers, mushrooms, even slime molds!
Knowland Park is a hidden gem of Oakland, and I bet most of you didn't even know! The park is filled with wonderful things to document!
We’ll break the park up into zones and even encourage some friendly zone-to-zone competition. Bring yourself or a group of friends! We have a lot of acres to explore!
People of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Bring your smart phone for sure. Bonus: camera, binoculars, and magnifying glasses.
We'll be using the iNaturalist phone app to document the many plants and critters that live in Knowland Park! It is highly recommended to download the app prior to coming to the park. It may take a long time to download the app in the park. Use the following links for the app:
And don't be scared off by the long duration of this event. You can come for as little or as much as you like. (Detailed scheudle to follow.)
There are no facilities in Knowland Park including no restrooms.
Parking: Somehow for almost 500 acres, there is no parking lot. It is all street parking. Do not block people's drive ways.
9:15-12:00: Bio-Blitz-- Cameron Ave park entrance to check in
12:00-1:30: Wrap Session at 10995 Elvessa St. Oakland 94605
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