Lily Spring Area Survey
About the Lily Spring Area Survey
This project is monitoring the population of high-elevation native plant species within the San Gabriel Mountains, and making scientifically useful comparisons with observations made 30 years ago. This is being done by repeating a survey carried out in 1981 by Wayne E. Sawyer in an area around Lily and Little Jimmy Springs, and published in Crossosoma in 1987. Click here for further background information about our project.
Blooms in the Lily Spring study area. Click a thumbnail to see a larger image. Reload page for a different selection. Or Click here to see all images in a single panel of thumbnails.
Our field observing began in the spring of 2010, largely on the basis of learning about the survey area. The main part of our survey extended throughout the blooming season of spring-summer-autumn 2011. Some parts of the survey extend into 2012, and this year is especially significant for the collection of specimens in support of our work.
If you would like to participate, or just wish to know more, please contact us. Having the necessary volunteers is the most essential step in ensuring the project is viable.
Data from field observations can be found on the field data page, including individual field reports, lists of vouchers collected as part of the project, and charts of yearly observations that compare project observations with Sawyer's 1981 observations.
The following are links to pages describing our activities for individual years:
A useful reference for team members: A Field Guide to the Rare Plants of the Angeles National Forest (PDF, a very large file, 16.6 MB)