Do you know Alice Eastwood?

Did you know that one of the Academy’s most notable botanists was also one of its earliest?

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Alice Eastwood, a self-taught botanist from Denver, began her curatorship in the Academy’s Department of Botany in 1892.  In her 57 year career at the Academy, she oversaw significant expansion of the Academy’s collection of flora, penned over 300 publications and is maybe most notable for her heroism during the earthquake and fire of 1906, saving specimens of the botany collection.  She is remembered warmly and is the namesake of our legacy society which honors and celebrates the legacy of Alice Eastwood and the donors whose planned estate gifts will endow the Academy and support discovery for generations to come.

She has been more recently remembered again in light of the recent rediscovery of the Franciscan manzanita as originally described by Alice Eastwood over 100 years ago.

I would like to invite you to learn more about this rediscovery at the below YouTube link.  This linked video – click here – is an approximately 25 minute documentary about the remarkable rediscovery of this plant and how the Academy and many other members of our bay area botany community have worked to bring this plant back from the brink.

As a way to learn more, it is also my pleasure to invite you on a guided hike.  We are pleased to be invited as guests of the Presidio on the Batteries to Bluffs Trail where Forester for the Presidio Trust, Peter Ehrlich, will discuss the conservation plan for the Franciscan manzanita.

This hike will take place on Saturday, March 14th, at 10 am.  It is a hike that is rated moderate to difficult, with many stairs.  As we will only be able to take 20 guests, this invitation will be first come, first served.  We will however be trying to do more local expeditions in the near future.  Thank you for your interest.  To RSVP for this Presidio hike, or if you have questions, please email me or Roxanne at rlee@calacademy.org.

Thanks for reading!

Jay

 

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