Habitat Restoration on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

i Nov 22nd l 2 Comments 3 by Will Meyst

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The Dunes Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are teaming up to improve habitat conditions for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii). Several man-made ponds are located throughout the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. These ponds host not only the federally listed species of amphibian,but multitudes of birds, reptiles, mammals, and other threatened and endangered species of plants as well.


Dunes in Bloom: Lilac Verbena

i Oct 30th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

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For the month of November, our chosen plant of the month is Lilac Verbena. Lilac Verbena is an evergreen shrub with deeply divided green leaves and almost nonstop light purple flower heads that float 8 inches above the foliage. (more…)

Habitat Restoration Project at Rancho Guadalupe beach

i Sep 3rd l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center


Ice plant is headstrong. Not only does it spread fast and cover a considerable amount of land surface, it also grows deep into the ground. By no means can ice plant be eradicated. But if one ever attempts to remove an ice plant into a trash bag after digging up most of its root, it’s very likely that he or she will just have to drag the plant instead of lifting it up and putting it into the bag. Because really, ice plant is insanely heavy.


Dunes in Bloom: Sticky Monkey Flower

i Sep 3rd l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Sticky Monkey Flower blog 700x300For the month of September, our chosen plant of the month is Sticky Monkey Flower, now known scientifically as Diplacus aurantiacus.  Sticky Monkey Flower is a common shrub that can be found all over California.


Guadalupe Native Garden Grand Opening

i Aug 13th l 2 Comments 3 by Dunes Center


The Grand Opening of Guadalupe’s Native Garden was a huge success.

On Saturday, August 2, Board member and Mayor of Guadalupe Frances Romero cut the ribbon to officially open the garden to the public. The event included a native garden scavenger hunt and educational, interactive exhibits throughout the garden.


Dunes in Bloom: California Buckwheat

i Aug 12th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

DSC06614 700x300Come visit the Guadalupe Native Garden to see this month’s Dunes in Bloom, California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) a member of the Buckwheat Family,Polygonaceae.

Buckwheat is a shrub of various sizes (more…)