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Modified 9-Apr-17
Created 9-Apr-17
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The serpentine grassland at Coyote Ridge is a wonderful place for wildflowers this year -- and butterflies! CGF, the Committee for Green Foothills, hosted a "Legacy Society" hike and lunch there on April 2, 2017. We saw bay checkerspot butterflies gathering nectar from tidy tips. We walked past colorful fields of blossoming goldfields, tidy tips, owl's-clover, California poppies, jewel onions, and more -- with bees, butterflies, and other insects. We heard meadowlarks and red-winged blackbirds singing. And we heard about all of this from Stu Weiss, the rancher who keeps the cattle there, and others. Good lunch, too!
Stu Weiss ExpoundsSinging Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)Owl's-clover (Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora)Field of California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeInsect on Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Rare Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Rare Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) (Detail)Field of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) & California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeField of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) & California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeField of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) & California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeBay Checkerspot Butterflies (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gather Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) (Detail)Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) Gathering Nectar from Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)Field of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) & California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeField of Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) & California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) at Coyote RidgeGrazing HorsesLichen-covered Serpentine Rock with Goldfields