Endangered Gnatcatchers’ Habitat

A Lair for a Dragon + Endangered Gnatcatchers

Destruction of dragon artwork in spring 2020 that so many Urban Forest visitors had been delighted to discover left us fired-up to rebuild – not only a stronger dragon, but habitat to protect an endangered species. HB Tree volunteer & dragon artist Laura Klepfer (above left, center) leads development of an expansive living lair.

A Reincarnated Dragon & Reinvigorated Parkland

The HB Central Park West – Urban Forest dragon has reappeared near the Rainbow Garden, from decades-old broken pipes found nearby. It is visible from the trail, surrounded by these prickly pear cactus. Additional plants will be planted in the adjacent field to be both human traffic deterrents and California gnatcatcher attracters. ­

Low shrubs like sagebrush, buckwheat, salvia and prickly-pear cactus surrounding the dragon will make a welcoming home for the tiny gray songbirds.

Habitat for Endangered Gnatcatchers

The endangered coastal California gnatcatcher is a petite, insect-eating bird found in Southern California. Their habitat has rapidly declined. HB Tree Society plans to plant low-lying sages, succulents and cacti – an ideal habitat for gnatcatchers to forage, nest, rear young, roost and shelter.

Gnatcatcher spotted in the Urban Forest.

This project expands habitat inviting to gnatcatchers and nature-lovers alike. Should you choose to donate in part or in total for this project, please accept many thanks from the Huntington Beach Tree Society for partnering with us on HB art and gnatcatcher habitat creation!

Please use the “Donate” link below. Alternatively, you can mail a check to us using our mailing address :

Huntington Beach Tree Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1269
Sunset Beach, CA 90742