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Bonita Creek Picture Place

Welcome to the Picture Place! Designed to give you a closer look at what you might find walking along the path of Bonita Creek, each group of photos lets you learn more about the interesting habitat that occupies this restoration area. From enormous bobcat tracks to California Wild Grapes, each picture can be easily downloaded for school projects, reports, and more!

If you are using a PC, click each thumbnail to see a larger picture. Then to copy or save, right-click the picture and scroll down to "save picture as".

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Sagebrush Sagebrush
Sagebrush (genus: Artemisia) can be found along the Bonita Creek trail. The aromatic smell of the oily leaves identify the plant as Sagebrush, even in dry summer conditions.

Cottonwood Cottonwood
A Cottonwood tree (genus Populus) grows along the Bonita Creek channel. The heart-shaped leaves identify this tree as Cottonwood, which can grow up to 25 meters tall.

Sycamore Sycamore
A California Sycamore tree (genus: Platanus) can be found along the creek and has large, hand-shaped leaves. It starts out small but can grow up to 25 meters in height and have large, spreading branches.

Poison Oak Poison Oak
If you see leaves of three, let it be! Poison Oak may be found along the creek, which is easily identified by its cluster of three leaves and a shiny, oily appearance.

Cattail Rush
Cattails (genus: Typha) – pictured on the left and Rushes (genus: Juncus) – pictured on the right help steady the bottom during heavy creek flow. They also provide food, nesting material and nesting sites for birds and smaller mammals.

Cactus Cactus Flower
Beavertail Cactus (genus: Opuntia) can be found along the upper portions of the channel slope where the soil is drier. It's ironic to think that the spiniest plant in Bonita Creek produces the showiest of flowers.

Grape Leaves Grapes
California Wild Grapes (genus: Vitis) grow along the water’s edge. Although small, the plant provides ample nutrients for animals when the fruit ripens in fall and winter.

Egret Tracks Raccoon Tracks
Wildlife habitat can be found under the bridge crossings. The small tracks on the left indicate an Egret has passed through. The larger tracks in the photo on the right show signs of a Raccoon.

Bobcat Track Swallow Nests
A lot can happen under a bridge! Look down at the sandy, damp soil and you could find the tracks of a bobcat (like those in the picture on the left). Look up, and you might see the nest of a cliff swallow (like the ones on the right). Made of mud from the creek and swallow spit, nests keep swallows far from predators like coyotes and bobcats!