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28 01, 2019

An Integrated Approach to Understanding Behavioral Responses of Free-Living Mammals to Human-Induced Rapid Change

2019-01-28T13:25:35-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Jennifer E. Smith and her students received a grant from Save Mount Diablo's Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program in 2018. The grant, "An integrated approach to understanding behavioral responses of free-living mammals to human-induced rapid change," supported research addressing an an important issue in ecology, the ability for wildlife to cope with human-induced rapid environmental change. A team of five undergraduates quantified variation in behavioral responses of a [...]

28 01, 2019

Predatory Behavior and Cyanide Resistance of Millipede-Hunting Beetles (Promecognathus) in the Diablo Range

2019-01-28T13:30:34-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Brandt Weary, Entomologist, received a 2018 grant from Save Mount Diablo's Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program and presented his research at Save Mount Diablo's 5th Annual Mary Bowerman Science &  Research Colloquium in December 2018. Weary summarized his results as follows: Promecognathus ground beetles from the Diablo range specialize on hunting millipedes that are chemically defended with cyanide. These beetles utilize a unique hunting behavior to subdue their toxic [...]

15 04, 2018

Bioblitz 2018: Exploring Arroyo Del Cerro

2018-11-14T19:11:47-07:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , |

This year’s Bioblitz was the most highly attended SMD Bioblitz since 2007, with seventy-five biologists and expert naturalists compared to the usual thirty to forty naturalists of years past. Participants came from LSA, Nomad Ecology, Swaim Biological, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, the California Academy of Sciences, and the California Native Plant Society, among others, and donated their time over the weekend. Arroyo Del Cerro is home to the federally listed California red-legged frog and “has the potential for California tiger salamander,” said Malcolm Sproul. Other species were spotted as well, including the endemic Contra Costa manzanita. (Endemic means this species of manzanita only occurs in the area.) In total, 419 species were found, a high number that reflects the diverse habitat on the land.

14 04, 2017

Bioblitz Results 2017 | Marsh Creek State Historic Park and Marsh Creek Reservoir

2018-11-14T19:20:08-07:00April 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Plants & Animals, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |

Summary - Save Mount Diablo’s 2017 BioBlitz brought together 35 scientists to catalog species during a 24-hour survey on Marsh Creek State Historic Park and Marsh Creek Reservoir. With their collective expertise, the group provided an ecological snapshot of the Marsh Creek State Historic Park and Marsh Creek Reservoir for CA State Parks and Contra Costa County Flood Control District staff. Participants explored rolling grasslands, creek channels, and the perimeter of the reservoir,  logging plants and wildlife from the insect to the avian.  Save Mount Diablo hosts annual Bioblitz events to better understand and protect the biodiversity of the Diablo Range.

1 10, 2016

Mount Diablo Buckwheat Critically Endangered Wildflower Discovered Near Antioch

2017-12-27T19:27:34-07:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Announcements, Blog, Habitat Restoration, Plants & Animals|

Thanks to a team of botanists contracted by the East Bay Regional Park District (EPRPD), the endangered Mount Diablo Buckwheat was identified as thriving at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, California. Save Mount Diablo board member Heath Bartosh, (left) and Brian Peterson (right) amidst a field of rare Mount Diablo Buckwheat wildflowers that they rediscovered in May of 2016. This location is being kept a secret to [...]

8 09, 2016

Critically Endangered Wildflower Discovered at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

2017-12-30T13:27:29-07:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Plants & Animals, Press Release|

Thanks in part to a team of renowned botanists contracted by the East Bay Regional Park District to survey wildland vegetation in Eastern Contra Costa County, the endangered wildflower Mount Diablo Buckwheat was identified as thriving at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, California.