Asclepias fascicularis 3

Saturday, August 5, 8:00 – 12:00 noon

Join botanist and Audubon Canyon Ranch Naturalist Dave Self for a botanical tour of the Modini Mayacamas Preserve, which is situated 2,000 feet up into the mountains east of the Alexander Valley. The preserve supports a surprising diversity of August wildflowers. Some of these plants specialize in serpentine soils and hot rocky outcrops. Other like yampah (Perideridia kelloggii) were largely displaced from the lowlands by overgrazing and farming, but have persisted here where ranching was harder to sustain and where steep areas and brushy patches offered reliable refuge from livestock. From milkweeds (Asclepias cordifolia and A. fascicularis) and sunflowers (Helianthus exilis) to snapdragons (Antirrhinum vexillocalyculatum) and several kinds of buckwheat, these wildflowers also support a diversity of summer bees, butterflies, and other insects.

Meet at the junction of Red Winery Rd. and Pine Flat Rd., 3/4 mile east of the Jimtown Store and Highway 128.

Directions to the Jimtown Store can be found on Google maps.

Leader: Dave Self