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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

City-Wide Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Join CNPS, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, SF Parks and Recreation, and Wild Equity for a morning searching out some of the city’s rare plant populations 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Free, but RSVP is required by May 17, 2013 to dslakey@cnps.org. 
Let them know: 1) which group you would like to join, 2) whether you will be joining them for pizza, and 3) if you plan to drive or take public transportation. 
Groups will meet at three separate parks to look for and document rare plants , then convene for an optional lunch at Pasquale’s Pizzeria in the Inner Sunset to share photos, your new rare plant knowledge, and, of course, some pizza. 
The Bayview Park Group will climb the park’s hill to look for populations of coast iris (Iris longipetala) and learn how to differentiate it from the common Douglas’s iris (Iris douglasiana), as well as learn about some of the other showy natives plants in the park. Participants should meet at the park entrance at the southeast end of Key Ave.; on-street parking is available nearby.
The Heron’s Head Group will check out a salt marsh restoration project, with a chance to see the federally-endangered California seablite (Suaeda californica) and many other interesting salt marsh species. Afterward, the group will walk over to Starr King Open Space to check out the locally-rare yellow mariposa lily (Calochortus luteus). Meet at the parking lot at the end of Cargo Way, where it hits Jennings St.

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