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Σεπτέμβριος 26, 2021

Results from 2021 California Biodiversity Day in the Park

Well, not a huge a huge number of observations were made in the Wilderness Park on California Biodiversity Day – only seventeen. (Actually, it should be "Days", as California counted observations made from September 4 – September 12.)

Among the seventeen observations were 14 different taxa, of which 11 could be identified to species. You can check them all out here. None of the taxa were new this year.

You can also see photos of Friends at the Park on the Friends' blog.

Because the Park was closed on California Biodiversity Day 2020, our only previous Biodiversity event in the Park was in 2019. That year, when the event only lasted for two days, forty-eight new observations were reported to our iNaturalist project, and thirty-seven different species were reported, including 13 species not previously reported to iNaturalist for the Park.

This year's results seem a little disappointing compared to 2019, but I think several factors contributed to the lower numbers this year. One is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still having an effect. At least one person articulated a hesitancy to participate in a potentially crowded situation with people of unknown vaccination status, and at least two of our scheduled volunteers could not attend because they were in quarantine due to a potential COVID-19 exposure. Another factor was the weather. On the weekends, when most people come to the Park, the average high temperature was 87°F in 2019 but 99°F this year. Whew! In addition, access to Evey Canyon, where most of the new species were observed in 2019, is more difficult this year with the closure of the parking lot at the entrance. Lastly, it's not surprising that we are seeing fewer new species, as a lot of species have been filled in during the intervening two years. As our species list becomes more complete, observations of new species will naturally become rarer.

If you have observations from Sept. 4 – 12 that you haven't posted yet, don't worry. We will keep collecting them indefinitely. And all Observations made in California on those days (including the ones from the Wilderness Park) are also collected on the statewide California Biodiversity Day project run by the California Department of Natural Resources.

Our next planned iNat event in the Wilderness Park will be for the City Nature Challenge on April 29 -May 2, 2022. Observations made in the Park will count for LA County, which enters as a "City". We also plan to have an event in the Wilderness Park again next year for California Biodiversity Day. Although the official dates have not yet been announced, we expect it will be September 3 – September 11, 2022. Mark these dates on your calendar now!

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Σεπτέμβριος 04, 2021

Celebrate Calfiornia Biodiversity Day in the Wilderness Park on September 11

September 7, 2021 marks the third official celebration of California Biodiversity Day, an annual event created in 2018 to celebrate the state’s exceptional biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it. This year organizations throughout the state are hosting California Biodiversity Day events from September 4 to September 12, 2021, and the City of Claremont Park Rangers together with the Friends of the Wilderness Park be celebrating in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park on the morning of Saturday, September 11.

If you're in the area, please join us on Saturday morning, September 11th, starting at 7:00 AM. Make observations, help others learn to use iNaturalist, and answer questions about Park flora and fauna! Just look for the canopy near the North Mills entrance for more information! All iNaturalist observations made in California from September 4 – September 12 will automatically be added to the California Biodiversity Day 2021 project, and, of course, any observations made in the Park will be added to our project.

The weather is supposed to cool off a little bit by next Saturday (predicted high of 87°F), so it should be a nice morning in the Park.

If you would be willing to work a shift at the booth, please message me!

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Ιούλιος 23, 2021

Milkweed and Monarchs in the Wilderness Park

The Johnson's Pasture area of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park supports two species of milkweed – Asclepias fascicularis (Narrowleaf Milkweed) and Asclepias eriocarpa (Woollypod Milkweed), and as you can see from our observations, these species are visited by Monarchs as well as other critters, including Crotch's Bumble Bee, tarantula hawks, milkweed longhorn beetles, and milkweed bugs – both big and little.

The Friends of the Wilderness Park have been discussing with the City of Claremont and the California Botanic Garden, the possibility of seeking funding to improve the habitat in Johnson's Pasture for the milkweeds and the pollinators who love them.

To help establish a baseline, we are trying to accumulate as much data as we can about the location and abundance of the two milkweed species as well as many observations as possible of Monarchs of any stage, as well as other pollinators. We are also interested in learning what other flowering plants in the park Monarchs might use for nectar sources.

If you'd like to help, you can:

  • Keep an eye out for monarchs and milkweed, and make observations! You can always, of course, report them on iNaturalist, but it would be great if you could also report monarch and milkweed observations on the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, especially from July 23 – August 1, which is the 5th International Monarch Monitoring Blitz.
  • Look for any other insects on the milkweed, and report them to iNaturalist. We are especially interested in any observations of Crotch's Bumble Bee, which is a California Endangered Species Candidate.
  • Participate in systematic mapping of milkweed (for which we will be using Calfora ) and helping to set up and implement the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Protocols. If you are interested, please message me @nvhamlett.

Have fun looking at monarchs and milkweed!

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Σεπτέμβριος 10, 2020

Alas, no celebration of California Biodiversity Day in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park this year

The Park closure has been extended through Sunday, September 13. According to the notice from the City of Claremont, "This closure is in response to the close proximity of the Bobcat Fire and fire conditions."

The closest edge of the Bobcat fire is about 10 miles west of the Wilderness Park. The smoke is heavy, ash is falling, the air quality is bad, and the danger of new fires still persists.

We'll hope for better luck for next year's California Biodiversity Day.

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Σεπτέμβριος 05, 2020

Contribute to California Biodiversity “Day” in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, September 11–13!

California Biodiversity Day is September 7, but this year (which is not exactly a normal year), events – most of them virtual – are happening from September 5 to September 13. Since the Wilderness Park is closed from September 4–10 because of excessive heat and elevated fire danger, the Friends of the Wilderness Park will be "celebrating" California Biodiversity Day 2020 in the Park from September 11–13, and we hope that all of you who can will "join" us.

As a COVID-19 precaution, group activities are currently not permitted in the Park, so the Friends will not have a tent, handouts, or helpers in the Park, like we did last year, but you are encouraged to go out and celebrate on your own or with members of your household. Just don’t forget to wear your mask and maintain social distancing. (For more information on current Park regulations, check the City website.)

All observations you make in the Park on September 11–13 (even if you post them later) will be added both to the state-wide California Biodiversity Day 2020 BioBlitz and to the Biota of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

California Biodiversity Day was established in 2018 to mark the launch of the California Biodiversity Initiative. This annual event, which normally occurs on September 7, celebrates our state’s exceptional biodiversity, while also encouraging actions to protect it. September 7, 2019, was the first California Biodiversity Day, and 50 observations were made in the Wilderness Park, comprising 40 species – sixteen of which were new to our project. Let's see if we can top that this year!

I know that some project members will not be able to make observations in the Park, but I hope you'll be able to help with IDs, as well as being there in spirit!

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Σεπτέμβριος 19, 2019

Results (so far) from California Biodiversity Day in the Wilderness Park

Well, we didn't have a huge turnout of observers, but we have so far logged fifty observations made in the Wilderness Park on California Biodiversity Day. (Actually, it should be "Days", as California counted observations made on both Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.)

Among the fifty observations, were 40 different species, including 16 species that were new to this project, which is great! You can check them all out here.

You can also see photos of Friends at the Park on the Friends' blog.

If you have observations from Sept. 7 and 8 that you haven't posted yet, don't worry. We will keep collecting them indefinitely. And all Observations made in California on those days (including the ones from the Wilderness Park) are also collected on the statewide California Biodiversity Day project run by the California Department of Natural Resources.

We plan on having an event in the Wilderness Park for next year's California Biodiversity Day. For 2020, September 7 falls on Labor Day, which is a Monday, and I am assuming the state will count Sunday, Sept. 6, and maybe Saturday, September 5, as well. We also plan to have an event in the Wilderness Park for the City Nature Challenge on April 24-27. Observations made in the Park will count for LA County, which enters as a "City". Mark these dates on your calendar now!

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Σεπτέμβριος 04, 2019

Celebrate California Biodiversity Day in the Wilderness Park – Saturday, Sept. 7!

September 7, 2019 marks the first official celebration of California Biodiversity Da, an annual event created last year to celebrate the state’s exceptional biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it. The city of Claremont Park Rangers together with the Friends of the Wilderness Park will be observing California Biodiversity Day 2019 at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

Join us this Saturday, September 7th from 6:30am to 9:30am and contribute to science and the Wilderness Park with iNaturalist! Just look for the canopy near the North Mills entrance for more information! All your observations will automatically be collected for this project.

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