PLANTS of the BAGBY SERPENTINE

DATE: Sunday, April 28, 2024

LEADER: Peggy Moore
LEVEL:  Easy
DESCRIPTION:
In 2007, the California State Director for the Bureau of Land Management designated an area north of the Merced River at Bagby and bisected by Highway 49 as an Area of Critical Ecological Concern specifically for rare plant protection. If we’re lucky with timing, we’ll see the serpentine soil specialists, shaggyhair lupine (Lupinus spectablilis) and milkwort jewelflower (Streptanthus polygaloides) as well as Cascade onion (Allium cratericola, serpentine indicator) and serpentine Sierra bluecup (Githopsis pulchella ssp. serpenticola, strong serpentine indicator). Hartweg’s doll’s-lily (Odontostomum hartwegii) and California juniper (Juniperus californica) also occur in the area along with some other interesting plants. We are likely to make several roadside stops and take short walks. 
MEETING PLACE: Meet in Mariposa in the Foster Ace Hardware parking lot near the NW corner of Highway 140 and Highway 49 North (5188 Hwy 49 N, Mariposa, CA 95338). We’ll carpool north on Highway 49 for about 15 minutes to the serpentine area around Bagby (where Hwy 49 crosses the Merced River). We’ll plan to be back at our meeting place by 2:00 pm.
TIME: 9:00 am
RSVP and More Information: Contact Peggy Moore at pemoore4@gmail.com or (209) 617-7775. Space is limited to 15.

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