Sunday, April 24, 2022, 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Santa Fe Dam Natural Area:
Grade: Easy. Leaders: Gabi and Cliff McLean, and others
Vehicle Entrance Fee: $12 per vehicle, $5 for seniors/disabled
Participation is limited. Please contact Gabi McLean, at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and get more details, no later than Thursday, April 21.
This will be an easy walk on level trails and suitable for people with limited mobility. The nature walk is ½ mile. In addition, we’ll offer another one mile walk for interested participants. Please bring a hat/sunscreen and water. Binoculars encouraged for bird enthusiasts. Rain will cancel the outing.
This area is in the flood plain of the San Gabriel River and contains some of the last remnants of the coastal sage and alluvial scrub plant and animal habitats that were common in the Los Angeles Basin before 1800. The nearly desert-like environment is still subject to influences from the coast. The loose, nutrient-poor sand and gravel soil is subject to disturbance by occasional flooding. Because of these factors, a unique combination of plants and animals live here, we will see Valley Cholla and a variety of Prickly Pear, beside other flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs. We might even see a cactus wren, or at least a nest or two.