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Cover Story - March 19, 2014

Spot an endangered checkerspot

By Kathy Korbholz, Friends of Edgewood.

The Bay checkerspot butterflies are back at Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve this year. This insect species, included on the federal endangered species list, is found on the Peninsula nowhere else but at Edgewood.

A scientific restoration program has been underway since 2007 to bring the population back to a self-sustaining level.

The severe drought conditions this year threatened to cancel any efforts to bring additional caterpillars to Edgewood from their home south of San Jose, where there is a large and stable population. However, conditions suddenly changed and caterpillars were recently translocated. That means if the weather continues to cooperate, they should pupate into lovely butterflies and take flight.

On March 29, chief scientist Dr. Stuart Weiss will lead a lucky few individuals on a walk through the restricted butterfly habitat at Edgewood. This is a special opportunity to see this rare and beautiful insect, and learn about its plight and future from the man who is leading the efforts to save it from local extinction.

The three-hour walk starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Redwood City. Space is limited, and you must pre-register to attend.

Go to and click the Events menu to register and learn further details.


Posted by Ingrid Miller, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 28, 2014 at 7:02 am


The wildflower cover story on March 19th in the Almanac by Kathy Korbholz,Friends of Edgewood, caught my eye. The pictures alone got me excited, wildflowers being my favorite flowers. My friend and I put aside other plans so that we could hike near the color feast of wildflowers that
we were eagerly anticipating. Instead, empty trails and hills was what we encountered.

Ingrid Miller

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

Friends of Edgewood are in bed with the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District. The Almanac story was part of their campaign to pass a $300,000,000 bond measure. See: Web Link
The MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District was originally the MidPeninsula Regional Park District which included recreational land use.
See: Web Link

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

It will be interesting to see if the bond campaign committee reports the Almanac PR piece as a contribution in kind.

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

A revenue producing golf course was proposed for the Edgewood Park Master Plan. In my opinion, that would have turned Edgewood Park into a gem for all. An interpretive center was included in the plan, and it would have provided wheel chair access. It would have been self-supporting. Web Link

Posted by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac
on Mar 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Jack, I'm not sure I know anyone else who could turn a checkerspot butterfly into a conspiracy theory, but you've managed to do so. I probably could count on one hand the number of years over the last 20 that the Almanac hasn't run a springtime feature on Edgewood Park and its free wildflower walks. It's not PR. It's not "false advertising." It's a reminder to our readers that this lovely expanse of open space is in their backyard, blooming with wonder this time of year. So lighten up, Jack. It's springtime. Take a walk.

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Renee, watch the Masters Tournament this year and see how beautiful a golf course can be. I would trust Robert Trent Jones to preserve the checkerspot butterfly habitat while presenting us with a beautiful golf course.
What about Stanford Golf Course? What does Paul Ehrlich have to say about that? Did he ever restore the Checkerspots to Jasper Ridge? And what about the colony of Checkerspots that disappeared when Canada College was built? Why doesn't Stuart Weiss restore them? See: Web Link
MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District should be detached from San Mateo County, not rewarded with a $300,000,000 bond!
Vote NO on Measure AA!

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

Renee, after re-reading the Almanac articles, I noted the absence of any MROSD references. I then discovered this on the Friends of Edgewood Park website:
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a special district of over 25 preserves in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties. While Edgewood is not an MROSD preserve, MROSD maintains a Joint Powers Agreement with San Mateo County over the management of Edgewood.
Is there a joint powers agency which meets on a regular basis? It appears that MROSD has little to do with the operation of Edgewood Park. Perhaps it's time to vacate the Joint Powers Agreement.

Question for Friends of Edgewood Park: Do you support Measure AA?

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