Site 1: 34.284, -119.211
SIte 2 34.480, -119.222
Site 1 is my home
Site 2 is Los padres national forest
Site 1: flat and just common plants in my backyard
Site 2: Hilly with mixed chaparral
At site 2, the first thing I noticed on my hike in the morning was the sound of frogs. There was a stream nearby that I didn’t notice until the sound coming from the frogs. It sounded like there was a dozen of them down in the canyon, this could have been a sign for mating. The next thing I noticed was a garden snake on the trail. Luckily it wasn’t a rattle but the temperature hasn’t been that warm for them to be out about frequently. The next thing I noticed was the blooming of all the plants and rebirth of them after the Thomas Fire in 2017.
At site 1, I looked around my front and backyard and found some planet with leaves.
This had plant contained a thick blue-green foliage. The leaf edges contained a slight smooth feeling to them with an ovate shape.The feeling is quite strange with a cold and muggy feeling.
The shape of this plants leaves had an ovate shape and leaves that have somewhat of a smooth and rugged feeling and leaf edges that displayed undulate.
The leaves of this plant had leaf edges that were ciliate. The leaves were shaped as linear and had a venation that were longitudinal.
At site 1, I forgot about this assignment and would have looked harder for the signs of spring. But I could only just think back at the major things I saw on the hike. Granted it was still a great experience to hike 22 miles and have it take up most of the day. Even though I didn’t have have this assignment in the back of mind during the hike, I was still able to peacefully observer my surroundings the whole way. Some pictures of that are below.
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Arroyo Verde Park, CA
Latitude: 34-17’15” N
Longitude: 119-13’34” W
The picture above is faced towards the entrance as if you were to enter the park. The entrance of the park is mostly flat with accommodations to dogs and areas to play for children. Slopes surround the grassy area and provide many trails for hiking and running. The area is mixed with mostly open and shrubby chaparral.
Here is a list of things I found in the park.
Baja California Tree Frog, Pseudacris hypochondriaca-
Was in some old concrete ditch with some water in it. It was pretty small and was in somewhat of a canyon-like environment. It was on the side of the park that is often shaded. The rain from the past week must have been helpful. It wasn’t doing much and just moved around the ditch full of water. Pseudacris hypochondriac frequents a variety of habitats and elevations, from sea level to mountains, from grasslands and chaparral, to forests, farmlands, and desert oases. Individuals of varying colors will preferentially select microhabitat substrates that most closely match their individual color (USGS). Mature adults come into breeding condition and move to ponds or ditches where the males call to advertise their fitness to competing males and to females.The call of the Baja California Treefrog is known throughout the world through its wide use as a nighttime background sound in old Hollywood movies(Baja California Treefrog).
I walked around the majority of the park on a partly cloudy late afternoon. This frog was found on the right side of the park that has more shade and has more steep hills. Becuase of these steep hills, there is less foot traffic on these trails. I was surprised to find this in the park. But then again I spend more of my time on the flat area of the park because that is were I go for runs from time to time.
“Baja California Treefrog.” OVLC, ovlc.org/baja-california-treefrog/.
Baja California Treefrog (Pseudacris Hypochondriaca) – Species Profile, nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=2781.
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