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Riparian Streamside
Woodland Habitat

Riparian habitatMostly winter-deciduous trees that require water near the soil surface.

Stream or underground water near surface. Trees create more shade and thus cooler temperature for wildlife in the summer.

Soil is more sandy than other habitat in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. In Blue Sky the Riparian Woodland and the Oak Woodland are mixed together in some areas because of the narrowness of the valley…this is canyon riparian.  Oak Woodland comprises about 25% or 102.5 acres of the property.

The Riparian Woodland forms a “vein” of trees as seen from above running down the middle of canyons and valleys. Most trees of this woodland are of small to medium height except where a tall Western Sycamore might stick up to 75 feet or more.

Photos of plants | Photos of Animals

Plants of this habitat:

Western or California Sycamore - Platanus racemosa
Arroyo Willow - Salix lasiolepsis
Black Willow - Salix gooddingii
Mulefat - Baccaris glutinosa
Stinging Nettle - Urtica holosericae
Hooker’s Evening Primrose - Oenothera hookeri
Blackberry - Rubus ursinus

Animals of this habitat

Amphibians & Reptiles:
Pacific Tree Frog - Hyla regilla
CA Slender Salamander - Batrachoseps attenuatus
Western Ring-necked Snake - Diadophis punctatus
Southern Alligator Lizard - Elgaria multicarinata

Birds
Red-shouldered Hawk  - Buteo lineatus
Western Bluebird  - Sialia mexicana
Bewick’s Wren - Thryomanes bewickii
Black Phoebe  - Sayornis nigricans

Mammals:
Mule Deer - Odocoileus hemionus
Shrew - Sorex sp.
Virginia Opposum - Didelphis virginiana
Deer Mouse - Peromyscus maniculatus