Location: Van Nuys Sherman Oaks
Topography: Trail that circles around the baseball section of the park, small trails that go off the path but return to the main trail, very flat and easy
General Habitat: park – abundant in grass, dirt track and trails, trees surround park
Signs of Spring!!!
- Spotting of butterflies
- organisms were seen flying around me and my family as we took a stroll, inconclusive as to what specific butterfly very colorful, most likely a painted lady butterfly, as they were recently spotted crossing through my hometown
*Article about butterflies attached below
- Bees spotted pollinating in the flowers, buzzing in my ear, their sounds indicate their return from hibernation to signify the start of spring
- Spotting of a Pine Warbler
- Seen chirping and singing in the trees, small songbird, believed to be an adult male, yellow in color, rare as they typically reside in the southeast region of North America
- Trifolium repens, the white clover: found in surrounding patches of grass around the park, perennial plant, leaves are smooth, form somewhat of a shamrock shape or egg shape, leaflets
- Bromus catharticus, rescue brome: wide leaf blades, with long, flat and pointed spikelets, commonly known as rescue grass as they are helpful in harsh drought
3. Quercus lobate, valley oak: endemic California, deeply lobed leaves, grows in interior valleys, long, roundish, covered in fuzz, leaves are aromatic if broken
Narrative: It was a very simple and easy walk, no hills, but a flat and circular trail I repeated the cycle 3 times, mostly observing and enjoying the time outside. It was sunny, but not unbearably hot. Perfect walking weather !