My first hike - Napa Oak Woodlands - Example for Module 1 journal.

My first hike was an oak woodland in my neighborhood. It was green after the rain. A few wildflowers were blooming, and I know them to be common early spring wildflowers. This woodland was in the hills and so the organisms had to deal with steep slopes to get from one place to another.

Posted on February 12, 2024 08:44 PM by kelly_decker kelly_decker

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I hiked in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach CA. I observed biotic factors like birds, plants and animals. There were numerous types of insects in the area. I saw a bunny hiding in the bushes.
I also saw abiotic components like inner and outer Bolsa Bays in the reserve. The full tidal bay to the Pacific Ocean was the area where more birds. You could also see the low tide rocky areas.

Posted by mdiversityseymour 15 days ago

I went to East Shore Trail and I saw lots of trees and plants I never saw before. Many of the trees were cut down due to fires, on purpose, or for some other reason. The flowers i saw were beautiful. side of the trail was similar to redwoods because there were remains of trees that were burnt or cut down. I observed biotic factors like birds and plants. I would say that this trail has lots of plants and trees.

Posted by hadeel7990 15 days ago

For this first hike I went to the estuaries at the Hayward Regional Shoreline and trekked the Bill Lockyer Trail from the shoreline center to the Winton parking lot. It was a clear and sunny day with lots of people also walking and biking along the trail. Despite the abundance of people there were plenty of birds such as geese and egrets out and about. There were even some squirrels chilling in burrows and atop some rocks. The plants were many but most of the ones along the trail seemed decaying or dehydrated. What captivated me the most was the abundance of Bermuda buttercups mostly bunched near the coastlines. I haven’t seen so much yellow at the estuaries before. The estuaries overall seemed lively, marshy, and swampy.

Posted by kdiversityka5472 9 days ago

My first hike was at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. The weather was perfect only 60 degrees but almost no clouds so it felt much warmer. I have been Half Moon Bay many times but never to Pillar Point. The trail was not too long but it was so calming by the water I stayed awhile. I noticed many natural springs on the cliffside had lots of algae surrounding them. I had never gone on a hike looking for species so it was eye-opening how diverse the beach is. On the beach some spots were nearly all shells instead of sand I wonder if the current always sends them there. I had lots of fun with this hike and ended up spending the whole day in Half Moon Bay driving around after the hike. Looking forward to the next module!

Posted by rdiversityol8220 7 days ago

My first hike was in Monterey Bay. The weather was in the 60s and sunny. I started my hike by going towards Hopkins State Marine Reserve and walked the trail alongside it which goes through Andy Jacobson Park (most of my findings were there) and Berwick Park. My goal was to make it to lovers point for some tide pooling, however the tide was only starting to get low and the swell was actually higher than expected. The name of the trail I walked specifically is called the Monterey Bay Coastal trail (this eventually connects to the Monterey Peninsula Recreational trail which would lead to Lover's point). There were many harbor seals by the reserve laying out in the sun. There was not as much drift algae as expected when I hit Berwick park but there was plenty of dead California mussel shells washed up on the shore.

Posted by gdiversityoraha 7 days ago

My first hike was at Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park in Oakland on Sunday morning. The weather that day was in the low 60s and at the start of the hike it was cloudy but towards the end, the sun started coming out. I started out on the bridle trail and then forgot to track what trail I followed after but I believe I started to go up the Chown trail, got halfway through then came back down and took the bridle trail back towards the start. On my hike I was able to hear lots of birds chirping in trees and saw a banana slug but overall there wasn't much movement going on. I also noticed that the environment seemed moist as it had rained a couple days before.

Posted by anthonyalvaradozc... 5 days ago

I chose salt marshes and estuaries as my field site option from Module 1 because in our assigned reading, An Island Called California: An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities by Elna Baker, the author states:
By all standards, San Francisco Bay is the state’s largest and best known estuary.
For my first hike I went to the wetlands of the Hayward Regional Shoreline and walked the Cogswell Marsh Loop Trail which is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks System. When I arrived, the blossoming wildflowers and lush grasses of the near spring were covered in morning dew with Canada Geese scattered across in flocks. I observed Deathcap and Western Destroying Angel mushrooms as well as Mustard flowers and Orange Bush Monkeyflowers growing. The weather was 50 degrees fahrenheit and it sprinkled for most of my visit but it wasn’t windy so birds were still active around the brackish water marsh. By the end of my hike, the sun was starting to come out along with the American Crows in the area.

Posted by ndiversitybusarelo about 11 hours ago

I selected to hike at Alamo Creek Trail in Dublin, CA! It was a very chilly day with fog and rain, but this made the stream of water flow beautifully rapid! The environment felt very fresh and serene; with so many different trees, flowers, and the direction of the water currents. I noticed that the area was popular with Blue Scrub Jays who were chirping away within the wet bushes above the creek. The trail was partially open as the elevated sides were closed due to flooding! However, it was very beautiful to see so many greens that the rain has nourished over the past few months! I definitely recommend this hike on the pretty hills and creekside of Dublin!

Posted by mdiversityreyes about 8 hours ago

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