Update on Laguna Creek Stream Corridor Vegetation Removal

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in LCWC Blog

Update on Laguna Creek Stream Corridor Vegetation Removal

In response to recent vegetation removal along Laguna Creek, members of the LCWC met with the Director of Public Works, Bob Murdoch, and city staff this past week. The Council presented a strategy for reaching the goal of stabilizing and re-vegetating the banks of Laguna Creek south of the Bond Road bridge.  We had a very productive discussion and came to agreement on a direction moving forward. The City agreed to retain an environmental consulting firm with expertise in creek restoration/rehabilitation to assess the situation and develop a plan to re-vegetate the corridor and control the spread of non-native Himalayan blackberries, one of the original goals of the vegetation “mowing”.  The plan to be developed by the consultant will also consider the diverse uses of the corridor and the interests of the community.  The plan will address the multiple functions of the creek corridor, including flood flow conveyance, safety for local homeowners, and enhancing wildlife and bird habitat – a key issue for the LCWC.  Maintaining the natural look and feel of the creek corridor will also be considered as this is one of the many reasons why hikers and bikers enjoy using Laguna Creek trails. To begin the process, members of the LCWC will meet with city staff to identify and select an appropriate consultant – a firm with a track record of successfully addressing this type of issue. The first meeting is planned for the last week of January.  Once the consultant is on board, a public information process will be established to obtain community input and ideas. A very constructive meeting! Stay tuned for more information!!   Looking south from the Bond Road bridge   All the erosion-control straw placed over the denuded areas was washed away...

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Swallows In The House!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in LCWC Blog

Swallows In The House!

Hello, Watershed! Just wanted to follow up on the report about our preseason bird box check and maintenance we wrote about here. Last week we noticed that a pair of tree swallows were shuttling nest material into one of our newly installed passerine boxes.  We decided to set up with a camera over the weekend and this is what we found: tree swallow peeking out of passerine box If you look carefully, you can see the nesting material poking out of the cracks in the box.  We will continue to monitor the boxes and share what we find with you.  We have also scheduled a second bird box building and installation event for May 22nd.  You can see the write up from last year’s event here.  This year’s event will take place at Zimbelman Park at 9:30 AM.  Plan to come out an join us! tree swallow entering box with nesting material...

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Spring In Full Swing!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in LCWC Blog

Spring In Full Swing!

Spring is in full swing along Laguna Creek (even though it is officially still winter). The western redbuds are in bloom and the interior live oaks are also in bloom and sprouting new leaves. The fields of mustard are magnificent and other wild flowers are starting to show up.     During an hour long walk along the section of Laguna Creek between the Jacinto pedestrian bridge and Franklin Blvd.  the following birds were seen:  killdeer, great egrets, snowy egrets, Canada geese, coots, mallards, 3 red shouldered hawks, an acorn woodpecker, and of course, lots of western scrub jays and mockingbirds. At the Bufferlands (viewed from the bridge over Franklin Blvd.) a flock of 17 wild turkeys was seen. They eventually took flight one after another to cross the creek. Cliff swallows were also seen at the bridge.     Spring is a great time to visit the creek – to exercise, to observe and study nature, and to take a mental break from busy and sometimes stressful lives.  ...

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