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BFS 2017 Celebrates Earth Day on April 15

On April 15, 2017, the BFS is hosting a variety of tours for the Claremont Community in celebration of Earth Day 2017, and we hope you can join us! (Click here or on the image at the right to download a PDF poster.) A list and description of the different tour options is below. We […]

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Volunteer workdays for Spring 2017 will resume Saturday, February 4. We had originally planned to start January 21, but a number of faculty, staff, and volunteers requested the day off to attend the Women’s March. You can check out the volunteer schedule here.

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Last volunteer workday for the fall

For the last workday of the fall semester, volunteers removed a number of invasive woody plants, including: Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) This South American native was introduced to California about 100 years as a landscape plant. It produces the poisonous alkaloid anabasine and is very toxic to both humans and wildlife. Tree Tobacco is drought […]

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Planting and clearing

On this Thanksgiving, we at the BFS give thanks for all our wonderful volunteers! The BFS is so much better because of your efforts! For November, the BFS volunteers were planting and clearing…. November 5 – Planting: Back last January, Antonio Sanchez, the Nursery Production Manager, at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), helped […]

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Volunteer workdays continued on October 1, when a terrific crew of stalwart volunteers cleared cattails, bulrushes, and reeds from the northeast corner of pHake Lake. The little island there is a prime spot for viewing waterfowl and other wildlife at the lake, but the view had been completely blocked by the cattails and bulrushes. The […]

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First volunteer workday of 2016-2017

The first BFS Volunteer workday for 2016-2017 academic year was held Saturday, September 17, when 14 volunteers, including Claremont Colleges faculty and students, Citrus College students, and community members, cleared cattails from the south shore of pHake Lake, where this heavily used lake access point had become almost unusable. Here are some photos of the […]

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If you’re curious about what went on at the BFS this past academic year, you can check out the “Robert J. Bernard Field Station 2015-16 Annual Report”, which is posted on our website. We’ve also posted research publications for the 2015-2016 academic year, including six peer-reviewed journal articles and five senior theses. Do check them […]

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Preliminary BFS Bryophyte List posted

We have a new addition to our lists of biota of the BFS – a preliminary list of bryophytes, including 10 types of moss and 4 different liverworts. The list was generated by an introductory level bryophytes class offered on February 20-21, 2016, by the Rancho Sanata Ana Botanic Garden and taught by Dr. Paul […]

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Spring into Summer

This year most of the BFS wilflowers were finished blooming by May, but a couple our more spectacular flowers bloomed in June, after most of the students were gone for the summer. Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei), also known as Our Lord’s Candle and Spanish Bayonet, grows in foothills and valleys of California and northern Baja […]

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Scenes from our Earth Day Celebration

Over 100 community members attended the third annual BFS Earth Day Celebration on April 23. Here are a few snapshots from the event:                

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