In spring 2005, we conducted two trips (April 25-27; May 28-30) during which we visited a total of 27 islands. We focused our activities off of the south end of Lopez Island, visiting parcels as far east as Lopez Pass and as far west as Deadman’s Island. We collected approximately 1,700 specimens (900+ vascular plants; 500+ bryophytes; 300+ lichens) totaling more than 400 taxa. We identified 20 new localities for five state-listed vascular plant taxa, and located the first U.S. population of a previously undescribed taxon of Castilleja ambiguaHook. & Arn. (Indian paintbrush). Results from the 2005 surveys are currently being written up for publication in a regional research journal.
Summary statistics for the vascular plant data from the 2005 field season are summarized below.
|Number of participants in the field||28|
|Number of islands, islets, and rocks visited||27|
|Total specimens collected||924|
|Number of taxa (species, subspecies, varieties collected||198|
|Number of additional taxa observed but not collected||45|
|Total number of taxa collected or observed||243|
|Percentage of native taxa||70%|
|Range of native taxa found on all islands||44-100%|
|Size range of islands, islets, and rocks visited||0.5-43 acres|
|Number of new localities for state-listed taxa||20|
Administrative, permitting, technical, field, financial, and transportation support for this project was provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington State Parks and Recreation, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Washington Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, The Snow Goose, Bureau of Land Management, Washington Native Plant Society, and the University of Washington Herbarium (Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture).