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Bug & Plant Identification Walk at Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos) 
Saturday, June 29, 2019 09:00am
 

Plants then insects are at the very bottom of the food chain – all higher forms of life depend on them for survival. An intact native plant habitat supports a diverse insect population, which in turn feeds birds, herps, small mammals, and other animals. Learn to identify the common native plants and insects of our area with California naturalists Karan Gathani and Arvind Kumar on a guided walk through Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, the largest and southernmost preserve in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

We will hike the Woods Trail with spectacular views of Mt Hamilton and the valley floor. Expect to see coast live oak, madrone, California bay, bigleaf maple, buckeye, bigberry manzanita, toyon, coffeeberry, cream bush, chamise, mountain mahogany, and sticky monkeyflower. We may encounter butterflies, bees, beetles, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, ants. Prepare to edified, educated, entertained!

The elevation gain is 600 ft; the distance covered is 5.4 miles roundtrip.

All interested in plant and insect identification are welcome; prior knowledge of botany or entomology is helpful but not required. RSVP via meetup.com (“https://www.meetup.com/California-Native-Plant-Society-Santa-Clara-Valley-Chapter/events/262085471/”).

Directions: In San Jose, exit Highway 85 at Camden Ave. (From 85 Southbound, turn left on Camden Ave. From 85 Northbound, turn left on Branham Avenue and then turn left on Camden Ave.) Travel south on Camden Ave. about 1.6 miles. Turn right on Hicks Road. Travel on Hicks Road about 6.3 miles. Turn right on Mt. Umunhum Road. The Preserve parking lot will be on the right, and the trailhead is adjacent to the parking area. Overflow parking is available on the other side of Hicks Rd in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. In google maps, search for “Woods Trail trailhead”.

Wear good walking/hiking shoes. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of fluids. Drinking water is not available in the preserve. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen; optionally, a hand lens and smartphone camera. We expect to return to the parking lot by 2pm.

Location Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos)
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