CBC Supported Forays
Botanical Foray (March 25-28 2006)
the Bryolabs at the University of California, Berkeley, the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas
Founded in 1996, SO BE FREE
is a series of West Coast forays started by the Bryolab at UC Berkeley,
but open to all botanists. The main focus is on bryophytes, but we also
encourage experts on macroalgae, mushrooms, lichens, ferns, and flowering
plants to come along. We welcome specialists as well as generalists, or
amateurs who are interested in an overview. It is held each spring, associated
with Spring Break at universities.
The California Biodiversity Center provided sponsorship for the 9th Spring Outing; Botanical Excursion; Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment (SO BE FREE). This event was Sponsored by the Bryolab, UC Berkeley. In 2004 the foray was being held at the Hastings Reserve. Hastings is a Biological Field Station of the University of California, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Natural Reserve System.
Grass Foray to Tom's Point in Marin County (6 November 2004)
Jeff Corbin led a California Biodiversity Center Biological Foray, to a native coastal grassland at Tom's Point. Tom's Point is a private nature preserve that is not open to the public. It boasts one of the best remnant native-dominated coastal prairies in California. Other notable habitat types include coastal scrub, mudflat, and dunes. The tour included a discussion of the ecology of California grasslands, the experimental plots that Jeff and Carla D'Antonio maintain at the site, and tips for identifying some of the most common plants in coastal ecosystems. There were 18 particpants including 2 professors from UC Berkeley, several grad students, an attorney, several students from Sonoma State and the new fire ecologist at Pt. Reyes.
Botanical Foray (March 19-22 2005)
California Biodiversity Center provided sponsorship for the 10th Spring
Outing; Botanical Excursion; Foray, Retreat, and Escape to the Environment
(SO BE FREE). This event was also sponsored by the Bryolab, UC Berkeley;
The Southern Oregon University Herbarium; and the Northwest Botanical
Institute. In 2005 the foray was held at the Oregon Institute of Marine
Biology (OIMB), Charleston, Oregon, and included a mix of Californian
and Oregonian botanists.