Bishop Peak Brings Out Botanists and a Biology Class at Cal Poly

Popular trails at Bishop Peak were closed 15 May to 18 May while the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo to control the invasive plant wooly distaff thistle. This allowed many trailblazers to seek other spots and now that it is spring time many seasonal plants are blooming flowers.

Bishop Peak has several paths including Felsmans Loop Dr. at Patricia Dr. in SLO County, the plants that line the ground and treetops are slightly adapting and throughout the years have traveled to other parts of the world through seed dispersal. On Felsmans Loop there are several California native plants that catch the eye of botanists and the ecology and plant diversity class at Cal Poly.

“Many common non-native species can also be found all over the mountain, especially in the invasive annual dominated grasslands,” Cal Poly biology lab instructor Julia Harencar says, “Bishop peak is a great place to experience California’s diverse flora.”

On a field trip to Bishop Peak the class identified a plant commonly named California Morning Glory through the process of listening to the teacher and taking notes of the specific plant in its element.

This video features Harencar with the class and the plants in their natural habitat.


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