Ecology Photo of the Month

The Morgan Fire of 2013 burned nearly 3,000 acres primarily on the east and south sides of Mount Diablo. In the spring of 2014 Nomad Ecology conducted a post-fire study of fire-following annual plants. In several of their plots fire poppy (Papaver californicum) was observed - an exciting find! Fire poppies haven’t been seen on Mount Diablo since after the 1977 fire, nearly 40 years ago.  


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    Critically Endangered Wildflower Discovered at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - Plant on the Brink of Extinction 

    In 2005, the presumed extinct Mount Diablo buckwheat (Eriogonum truncatum)  was rediscovered at Mount Diablo after not being seen since 1936. Since 2005 it has been struggling to survive until now. In May, Heath Bartosh and Brian Peterson of Nomad Ecology were conducting botanical surveys on East Bay Regional Park District’s Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve and found a second population of the Mount Diablo buckwheat. Unlike the sparse population of 100-200 plants at Mount Diablo, the new discovery site was estimated to include approximately 1.8 million plants – but in just two patches totaling approximately a half acre. 

    For more information see the Press Release here.

    An article from the San Francisco Chronicle here.

    An article from the East Bay Times here.