The Stebbin's Pile named after Robert C. Stebbins the famous Berkeley herpetologist. Otherwise known as a brush pile or a big pile of sticks, Stebbins piles offer a place of refuge for salamanders, frogs, snakes, and lizards alike. Tearing through one of these man made brush piles will reveal many of the species that can be found in the area. Also are easily constructed and can make improved habitat in restoration efforts.
Arroyo Viejo or Old man creek. Our creeks are a vital part of the green spaces in the San Francisco bay area. Fredrick Olmsted when visiting Oakland to help design the Mountain View Cemetery had suggested that the city maintain green spaces all along the creeks within the city limits. Noting that it would provide a green space for all its citizens and serve as a corridor for it's wildlife. Unfortunately, the idea was never really taken up till much later and after most of the creeks had already been paved over. Still there exists places where these creeks flow and are still havens of habitat for our Oakland wildlife. Please note the car in the creek. Any guess to what year, make, and model?
Lactarius xanthogalactus, Leona Canyon, Oakland, California
Note the yellow staining latex on the flipped cap. When cut it comes out white and stains within 10 seconds to yellow.
This little grouping of paperwhites pokes up through the ground every year. Kind of an odd grouping amongst the coyote brush, french broom, and oaks. Never the less the fragrant non-native is a welcome sight each year.
This mass of mushrooms were growing on top of a buried stump. I don't know what kind of tree it was and I'm not entirely sure about the ID of this mushroom either.
Found under a rock within the coastal oak woodland of Leona Canyon.
Found this marshmallow under a rock. The habitat was a grassy spot covered with pine needles from some monterey pines. There was no associated rotting wood nearby nor any evidence of buried stumps.
To create awareness about the Leona Canyon, the surrounding Caballo Hills and the Arroyo Viejo & Lion Creek watersheds that sprout from them. Two parks, Leona Heights an Oakland city park and Leona Regional Open Space belonging to East Bay Regional Parks occupy a good portion of that land. Situated between these two parks is Merritt College. Creating a working resource to measure the ...more ↓
To create awareness about the Leona Canyon, the surrounding Caballo Hills and the Arroyo Viejo & Lion Creek watersheds that sprout from them. Two parks, Leona Heights an Oakland city park and Leona Regional Open Space belonging to East Bay Regional Parks occupy a good portion of that land. Situated between these two parks is Merritt College. Creating a working resource to measure the diversity found in this canyon would be a valuable teaching tool, but also add to the ability to further project these lands. If you need any information on how to access the canyon or would like a guided tour please feel free to contact me (Christopher Cook) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Leona Heights Park (Lower access)- 4444 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA
Leona Heights Park (Upper access, York Trail) 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA. Across the street from the Merritt Campus.
Leona Regional Open Space (Lower access) Canyon Oaks Drive, Oakland, CA (off Campus Drive)
Leona Regional Open Space (Upper access) 12500 Campus Drive, Merritt College, Oakland, CA. Drive into the campus and park in lot E. less ↑