First time that I've noticed this plant on this side of the canyon.
The Friends of Leona Heights Park each year participates in the annual Coastal Clean Up by cleaning in and around Horseshoe Creek. There exists in the park an extensive graffiti wall that is always littered with used spray cans. This year I was the site coordinator for the event and after wrapping up I was doing a once over to make sure everything and everyone had been accounted for when I noticed this little guy. There are many cracks and crevices in the wall that the painters use and unfortunately for this little dude who calls those cracks and crevices home things don't bode so well. At first I thought it was a toy, but then I was astonished to see it scramble away from me when I went to pick it up. Not a pink elephant, but a pink blue belly, that's something you don't see everyday.
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?
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 ↑