Join in to track the spread of Sudden Oak Death!
The pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death threatens the beautiful Coast Live Oaks vital to the plants, animals, and beauty of coastal California. By tracking the spread of the fungus-like mold that causes the disease, we can take steps to reduce the impact and protect at least some trees. Hundreds of volunteers all around the Bay are helping with this effort, working with Dr. Matteo Garbelotto of UC Berkeley.
At this 1-hr session, you will learn how to spot infected Bay trees -- the main carriers -- and receive materials for this year's weekend "bioblitz" survey.
You'll look for infected leaves on your own on Saturday and Sunday. Survey where you want -- including your own back yard . Or we'll help you plan a route that works for you. Return samples to a drop box by Sunday night. After they are analyzed, results will be put on line and announced at a public meeting in late summer or early fall. Previous results are at www.cnr.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/english/sodblitzresults2011.php
Please join in this spring's bioblitz. Last year's big turnout did a great job of mapping. But spring 2011's warm late rains are expected to have helped spread the disease.
If 1 PM Saturday in Berkeley doesn't work for you, there are other training sessions around the Bay. Check the list at www.cnr.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/english/sodblitz.php. In particular, there is a training in Orinda at 10 AM this same day, April 28.
More information on Sudden Oak Death is at www.suddenoakdeath.org.