Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8 a.m. - 12 noon: Bryophyte walk at Santa Fe Dam: Grade: Easy. Leader: Paul Wilson.
This field trip is CANCELED because of coronavirus concerns. However, in the light of recent rains, you may wish to explore on your own. Click here to download a provisional photoguide, which was compiled in anticipation of this outing.
This outing addresses the question: What are bryophytes and why are they important? During the walk Paul will give an introduction to bryophytes, and provide a guide to the liverworts and mosses seen along the track. We will definitely see liverworts (like the Riccia in the photo), which are abundant in this never-destroyed vegetation type and that are very slow to return following restoration. Also likely to be seen are winter ephemerals (like Pleuridium), which grow from almost nothing to having mature spores during our wet season. And we might see other more perennial mosses (like Rosulabryum) and perhaps even leafy liverworts (like Porella). Vascular plants will be enjoyed in between the non-vascular delights.
Paul Wilson is a long-time enthusiast of bryophytes, and initiated the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter. He is a Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge.
Directions: Take the 210 Fwy to the Irwindale Ave off-ramp. Travel south on Irwindale Ave to Arrow Hwy, then turn west to the Santa Fe Dam entrance drive on the right. After the stop at the entrance kiosk (fee $10 per car) turn right (north), following signs to the Nature Center, where we will meet at 8 a.m. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots, hat, and bring water. Rain will cancel the outing. To receive updates, contact email@example.com.