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Wildflowers & Birds of the Stanley Basin
Saturday May 10th, 2003

"It was absolutely incredible to stand atop a Stanley Basin hill and hear Michael tell us that from there, we could see the entire range of the beautiful yellow draba. Amazingly, this draba (Draba trichocarpa), grows nowhere else on Earth!"  (Ellen Glaccum, outing participant)

There are 15 photos in the slideshow at right. Download times vary from 2-3 seconds for high-speed connections, and 2-3 minutes for dial-up. Enjoy the whole show (which will load and play automatically) OR use the quick links at right to view and print individual slides (just use the BACK button on your web browser to return to this page when you are done with each slide).

*Slide 1: Birding on Stanley Creek
*Slide 2
: Buttercup
*Slide 3
: Cusick's Primrose
*Slide 4
: White Stem Frasera
*Slide 5
: Yellow Bells
*Slide 6
: Steer's Head
*Slide 7
: Habitat of Rare Flowers
*Slide 8
: Stanley Thlaspi
*Slide 9
: Stanley Whitlow Grass
*Slide 10
: Bladderpod
*Slide 11
: Looking for Blooms
*Slide 12
: Dwarf Hesperochiron
*Slide 13
: Spring Beauty
*Slide 14
: Cliff & Marsh Marigold
*Slide 15
: Marleen Watches Loon

A clear Sawtooth morning greeted our group, led by botanist Michael Mancuso, Boise, who works for Idaho Fish & Game Departmentís Conservation Data Program. We first meandered around Stanley Lake Creek and Stanley Creek, where a highlight was finding tiny, exquisite steerís head (Dicentra uniforma) and Cusickís Primrose (Primula cusickiana). Near the Stanley Creek overlook, White leaf Frasera (Frasera Montana most likely - blossoms were not yet present) was common. The striking plantís leaves have a distinctive white line on the edge.  

Near Stanley, we saw two species in the Mustard Family that are fairly common in the Stanley Basin, but grow no where else: Stanley whitlow-grass (Draba trichocarpa), and Stanley thlaspi aka Stanley Candy Tuft (Thlaspi idahoense var.aileeniae.) Another attractive mustard seen was the prostate bladderpod (Lesquerlla prostrata - was the tentative identification), notable by its spoon-shaped leaves.

We also learned that itís easy to mix up two beautiful, similar-appearing flowers: Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata) in the Purslane Family, and dwarf hesperochiron ((hesperochiron pumilus) in the Waterleaf Family. A helpful hint: Spring Beauty has two sepals and the hesperochiron has five sepals!

The date of May 10th was prime for viewing many species like the rare mustards that thrive on shallow, rocky soils on south facing slopes. Later in the day, some folks headed to Little Redfish Lake where we saw a common loon, an uncommon sight in our area. All the flowers mentioned above are pictured in the slide show below. Note: we have tried to be accurate with common and scientific names, and any errors are BWCCís responsibility! For more late Spring and early Summer wildflowers go to: News & Issues - Flora.

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