SOD Blitz 2016 Marin County poster

Dear nature lovers, the NORS-DUC team (National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University) will host the 2016 SOD Blitz on Saturday, April 23, 10:00 AM at the Science Building, Room 102! Help document the status of SOD (Sudden Oak Death) in Marin County by volunteering for this event.

What’s a SOD Blitz?  SOD stands for Sudden Oak Death; it is a deadly plant disease mainly of tanoaks and coast live oaks, killing hundreds of thousands of beautiful trees in coastal California, caused by the invasive pathogen Phytophthora ramorum!

The SOD Blitz is a “citizen science” event, organized by Prof. Matteo Garbelotto and his team from UC Berkeley in collaboration with several host universities in coastal California. SOD-blitzes inform and educate the community about Sudden Oak Death, get locals involved in detecting the disease, and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.

Please come, and please encourage your fellow nature lovers, friends and neighbors to come.

The effort starts with a one-hour presenation at the Joseph R. Fink Science Center, Rm 102, Dominican University in San Rafael. In the past, some attendees had problems finding the meeting room. Please click on the icon on the right to see a campus map of Dominican University.  SOD Blitz 2016 Dominican Campus Map icon

There is FREE parking at the main campus parking lot on Grand Avenue. From there it’s an easy 3 minute walk through campus to the Science Center: first along Acacia Avenue, then take a right after passing Guzman Hall and cross a little bridge.

Then you are on your own to collect samples wherever you like in Marin County – perhaps on your property, in your neighborhood, or in your favorite park or open space. There is more information, go to this article.