Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wildflower Reports Are Coming In From Various Locations!

Incandescent Mariposa...While I try to figure out how to get a direct news feed set up for the Recent Wildflower Sightings page, please feel free to stop by periodically and check out our incoming reports.  Just posted a few today with promises of more to come from some very talented photographers and other folks who follow this blog.  Please don't forget you can follow along on Twitter @wildflowernews.  Many thanks!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Got Time for a Quick-e? The Wildflower Conservancy is now reporting California flower sightings on Twitter!

Wild BeautyHere's your chance to get quick e-news on the latest wildflower happenings in California.  As new reports come in this Spring, we'll summarize and tweet them here: @wildflowernews.  You're welcome to follow along, and please be sure to email your own reports for publication on our Recent Wildflower Sightings page. Thanks!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sahara Mustard: The Challenge of Eradicating an Invasive Exotic to Preserve Our Native Wildflowers...

Henderson Road
Henderson Road in Anza Borrego Desert
State Park.  A photographer's favorite, this
location is well-known for its vast expanses
of Spring wildflowers.  This was shot in 2010.
That lush green carpet you see behind the
Sand Verbena and Desert Gold is mainly
Sahara Mustard. As a result of its amazing
proliferation, not nearly as many native
plants flourish here now as they have in
years past.
Although this battle has been going on for a while, it's becoming more and more urgent that action is taken to stop the spread of Sahara Mustard across the deserts of the Southwest. There already are a number of programs underway to organize volunteers to get rid of this year's mustard crop in several areas. For more information and ways to get involved, here are a few links to check out:  Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce - web page on mustard eradication; USGS Western Ecological Research Center - discussion on weed removal and habitat restoration, Morongo Basic Conservation Organization - info page on Sahara Mustard; Anza Borrego Foundation's Sahara Mustard Task ForceArizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - info page on eradication of "Invaders" such as mustard and other exotic species.