BioBlitz results!

Thanks for joining the 2nd Shady Oaks Park BioBlitz!
Even though the park was very dry, and even Coyote Creek was dry (like much of California these days), we were still able to find a wide diversity of species. The many oak trees growing in the park provide habitat and food to many insects, which in turn provide food to Fence Lizards and many bird species. In addition to the spiders and insects that crawl on the tree, we also documented colorful gall species, mostly on Oaks, and also on Walnut and Willow. Inside the leaves, we documented tiny leaf miners. The oaks' acorns support many Tree Squirrel, Jays, and Acorn Woodpeckers, that were loud and present.
Only a few plants are in bloom this time of year, such as Narrowleaf Milkweed, Mint, and Clover, and they attract many pollinators: native bees, skippers and other butterflies, and flies.
Since the creek is completely dry, we weren't able to document any of the usual aquatic life, other than many dead Asian Clams, and a dead Red-eared Slider. All the fish, snails, worms, and other aquatic invertebrates are gone. The creek will probably go through dry and wet periods over the next 10 years, as the Anderson dam is fixed. What will happen to all the animals and plants that depend on the creek for habitat or food? Who will be here next time we visit? How will it impact this important urban ecosystem? Join us for our next event to find out.
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Posted on 14 de septiembre de 2021 by merav merav


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