Mixed Chaparral Habitat in Blue Sky Canyon
The mixed chaparral of Blue Sky Reserve is composed of shrubs with small to broad leaves with woody stiff stems. The very dense shrub growth is 3-13 feet high and often nearly impenetrable. It is very hard to hike through.
Although it gets 10-25 inches a year of rainfall, this habitat is subject to fire and very well adapted to it. Shrubs tend to root crown (sprout) after a fire.
Mixed chaparral is usually, but not always, found at higher elevations, 1,000-1,400 ft., than sage scrub. Plants have adapted to cut down on water loss with thick waxy or folding leaves.
Blue Sky has approximately 143.5 acres of this and chamise chaparral habitat, which is 35% of the total property of the reserve.
Plants of this habitat
Ceanothus (many species)- also called wild lilac
Animals of this habitat:
Reptiles and Amphibians
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