Join us as we celebrate a Chapter tradition of welcoming the New Year with a walk and picnic at Año Nuevo State Preserve on the San Mateo County coast. Trevlyn Williams, a docent at this preserve, will lead the hike together with Chapter field trip chair Joerg Lohse.
The preserve is located south of Pescadero on Highway 1, just north of the Santa Cruz County line. This year, we will meet at 10am in the North Whitehouse Creek Trail dirt parking lot north of the main area of Año Nuevo State Park.
We will be exploring Franklin Point which is the botanically most interesting area of the Park. We’ll enjoy ocean views, coastal prairie including silver bur ragweed (Ambrosia chamissonis), California goldenbush (Ericameria ericoides), coastal sagewort (Artemisia pycnocephala), and Argentina anserina Potentilla anserina); dune including yellow sand verbena (Abronia latifolia), pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata), seaside heliotrope (Heliotropium curassavicum) and American dunegrass (Eleymus mollis); sea cliff bluff lettuce, (Dudleya farinosa), fleshy jaumea (Jaumea carnosa), raptors, songbirds and maybe marine mammals.
As this is a day to have fun at the beach with fellow Chapter members, the ending time and depth of botanical discussion may be extended depending on participants.
Directions: NOTE NEW MEETING PLACE: We are meeting at the North Whitehouse Creek Trailhead which is across from Rossi Rd, the Costanoa Lodge turnoff. This is 3.7 miles south of Pigeon Point Rd (the lighthouse). Parking is free here. Note that there are no bathrooms at Franklin Point. Flush toilets are located at the main entrance of Año Nuevo State Park. Trevlyn will let the kiosk staff know that we are coming and there will be no charge for parking if we just use the restrooms.