500 Acres of Oak Woodland on Private Land: the Buck Institute

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join Todd Plummer, Research Associate at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, for a botanical exploration
on private property on Mount Burdell in Novato, a site largely unexplored since 1999. Expect to see many species on the Marin CNPS list for Mount Burdell, including vernal pool specialties like Ranunculus lobbii, various brodiaeas, clarkias, and other colorful delights. But who knows what additional plants we might find in forgotten pastures last grazed over 20 years ago, as well as unnamed creek bottoms, numerous seeps and swales, vernal pools, and serpentine outcrops?
Dress in layers and wear sturdy, preferably waterproof footwear. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen and perhaps hiking poles, because much of our hike will be off-trail.
Leader: Todd Plummer, plumtodd@gmail.com
Directions: From Hwy. 101, take the San Marin/Atherton Exit. Travel west on San Marin for about 100 yards, then turn north onto Redwood Blvd and drive for 0.9 mile. Turn left onto Buck Center Drive and drive through the gate and up the hill to the designated parking area. Please note: due to security and safety concerns, please arrive by 10 a.m. Unescorted visitors will not be allowed to hike on the property.

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