Wildlife

The non-native plants that the Natural Areas Program keeps removing is critical habitat for a whole range of birds, animals and insects. Contrary to what is often claimed, these “invasive non-natives” are actually excellent habitat, providing food, cover, and safety. The photographs below were all taken within San Francisco, and show wildlife using non-native plants.

Brown creeper forages on eucalyptus

Brown creeper forages on eucalyptus – Janet Kessler

bees in euc

Eucalyptus bee tree (bees are circled in red) – Janet Kessler

2013-05-142  double-crested cormorants nest

Double-crested cormorants’ nest – Janet Kessler

2013-05-13 eucalyptus rookery herons cormorants

Eucalyptus rookery with double-crested cormorants and great blue herons – Janet Kessler

Red-shafted flicker family in eucalyptus tree nest - San Francisco - Janet Kessler

Red-shafted flicker family in eucalyptus tree nest – San Francisco – Janet Kessler

Redtail Hawk hunts in Ice-plant

Redtail Hawk hunts in Ice-plant – Janet Kessler

Young Great Horned Owls being raised in Eucalyptus tree

Young Great Horned Owls being raised in Eucalyptus tree – Janet Kessler

Bumblebee visits wild radish flower

Bumblebee visits wild radish flower – Janet Kessler

Anise swallowtail butterfly breeds on fennel

Anise swallowtail butterfly breeds on fennel – Janet Kessler

Barn owl and mate nest in a non-native palm tree

Barn owl and mate nest in a non-native palm tree – Janet Kessler

Great Horned Owl in eucalyptus

Great Horned Owl in eucalyptus – Janet Kessler

A CURIOUS COYOTE VISITS MOUNT DAVIDSON

Here, captured by photographer Lori D’Ambrosio, a curious coyote checks out the view.

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  1. Pingback: Natural Areas Program and Tree-Felling | San Francisco Forest Alliance

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