HB Urban Forest Dwellers

A hummingbird pollinates wildflowers

A hummingbird pollinates wildflowers.

 

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A hawk “captured” on camera visiting the Urban Forest.

The milkweed net hasn’t deterred this caterpillar from munching.

The milkweed net hasn’t deterred this caterpillar from munching.

Volunteer Dan is a fan of the forest’s gopher snakes.
These shy creatures are seldom seen.

Laetiporus Sulphureus (Chicken in the Woods fungus) grows on a snag (dead tree, below) by the Urban Forest gate.

Thrifty water-using California Redbud trees abound in the UF and bloom every spring.

Several succulents are found in the Urban Forest, including this Opuntia, or Prickly Pear Cactus.

Snags like these near the UF Ellis Ave. entrance are standing dead trees that are full of life. Native wildlife depend on snags for food, nesting and shelter.

Matilija Poppies, another hardy California native.

Native Palo Verde (“green stick” in Spanish) tree.

Bird of Paradise – high-heat tolerant and water-wise shrubs.

Check out spectacular birds observed in the Urban Forest by clicking here.