This was yesterday’s hike. We decided to go to a wildlife reserve in the north/eastern part of San Diego County in southern California.
I loved this hike, since it had plaques up throughout the hike with plant names and information on them.
Coastal Sage Scrub (The scented forest) Sometimes called, soft chaparral", coastal sage scrub plants are low growing and often aromatic. Only 10% to 15% of Southern California's original coastal sage scrub communities remain.
Chaparral (The Elfin Forest) Contains plants and animals especially adapted to live in our hot dry environment. Thick, leathery leaves minimize water loss. Animals tend to be small or have thick fur to protect them from the rough, tangled undergrowth.
Riparian (A Canyon Oasis) The creek allows for the dense, lush growth of the riparian habitat. Sycamores and willows require water near the soil's surface.
Oak Woodland (Our wild woods) Majestic coast live oaks spread their branches between the riparian corridor and the chaparral. Beneath the oaks grow grasses and small shrubs. Many small mammals find food and shelter here, while birds use the branches and cavities for nesting.