Saturday, March 14, 2015

Red Car Property: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One...For People & Wildlife

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 23, 2015.  The trail won't be green much longer.  Enjoy it while you can.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Red Car Property is a natural trail, not just for people, but for urban wildlife too.  Red Shouldered Hawks & Red Tailed Hawks are often seen on the this (north end) of the property.  Last week, I heard, but did not see a Cooper's Hawk calling in the dense trees along Adelbert.

Neighbors along the north end of the property also report seeing Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls, coyotes, skunks, raccoons & opossum.  We've documented a number of Harvester Ant colonies which are an "indicator species," a sign that indicates the environment is diverse enough to support their existence.  

The Red Car Property, just above the City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Landmark Viaduct Footings, is a great place to butterfly watch on a sunny morning.  Monarch Butterflies seem to really like the slope amongst the footings.  While standing there for 10 minutes the other day, I was wowed by the variety of species including bright yellow butterflies, white butterflies, Gulf Fritillaries, Skippers, West Coast Ladies & Monarchs.