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 – Janet Kessler
Eucalyptus bee tree (bees are circled in red) – Janet Kessler
Double-crested cormorants’ nest – Janet Kessler
Eucalyptus rookery with double-crested cormorants and great blue herons – Janet Kessler
Red-shafted flicker family in eucalyptus tree nest – San Francisco – Janet Kessler
Redtail Hawk hunts in Ice-plant – Janet Kessler
Young Great Horned Owls being raised in Eucalyptus tree – Janet Kessler
Bumblebee visits wild radish flower – Janet Kessler
Anise swallowtail butterfly breeds on fennel – Janet Kessler
Barn owl and mate nest in a non-native palm tree – Janet Kessler
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.