Speaker: Susan Krzywicki
Date: October 19, 2017 (doors open 7:00 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
Congratulations to Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks for 20 years of strong, persistent, successful environmental activism! Here’s to the next 20 years and beyond!
COAST TO CLEVELAND WILDLIFE CORRIDOR
The final EIR is expected soon for the proposed dense residential development—970 units in multi-story buildings—on a County-owned 44-acre parcel at the corner of Alton Parkway and Irvine Blvd. The project site straddles an 11-acre wildlife corridor segment that the County previously built as mitigation for realigning Borrego Creek and widening Alton Parkway. The corridor segment was intended to link the mostly still-natural 900-acre FBI property, to the north, with the Great Park corridor segment and ultimately to the 22,000 aces of Coastal Greenbelt parks to the south. The proposed dense development on both sides of the corridor will bring too much noise, light, and intrusion of people and their pets. Wild animals and birds will be less likely to use the segment, defeating the purpose of the overall corridor. Background on the corridor: lagunagreenbelt.org/coast-to-cleveland-wildlife-corridor/. Project plans: ocgov.com/gov/ceo/currentplans/current_plans/westalton.asp.
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has committed to raising $1 million to buy the adjoining Ridge and Goodell properties. So far they have raised $600,000. The properties, totaling 11 acres, are a unique archaeological site as well as a still-natural addition to the 1200 acres that have already been saved as Bolsa Chica Reserve.
ACTION NOW: Go to bclandtrust.org to help buy the properties.
Native Gardeners Corner—Members’ Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives. The request for this newsletter is: “These dry fall days make me think of water. Do you use water as a feature in your native garden—if so how?”
Chuck Wright: “I have to have a birdbath. It is on a timer and fills once a day and every week I hose it out. I also have a pump, which keeps the water disturbed and the mosquitoes perturbed. I have cover for the birds and a large picture window, which allows me to enjoy their visits. I had a small water pond on the ground but the nasty red fox squirrels commandeered it and chased everything away and the raccoon kept tossing the pump out. The birdbath is much larger and therefore high enough off the ground to be a birds-only site.”
Alan Lindsay: “I have a decorative fountain in my side yard. It sits in a narrow planter against the wall on the property line. It's not bird friendly because there isn't a place to perch. But the sound of the splashing water is very soothing and the over splash keeps the area around it moist for those water loving plants. Aesthetically, it breaks up the starkness of the concrete block wall.”
Christiane Shannon: “I actually have three water features for the birds in the garden. For the one in the front yard, I laid some reddish lava rocks of different shapes and sizes on the ground among the plants. I was fortunate to come across them in a landscaping yard while searching for pavers. The largest one has a natural bowl shape; a small one being hollow in the center made it possible to push a segment of copper tubing through it. The copper tubing is connected to a hose bib by a thin tube of the type used for the drip irrigation in my potted plants. There is a large Toyon bush 9 to 10 feet away in which the birds can retreat if necessary....”
The Orange County CNPS chapter is offering up to four $250 travel grants to attend the 2018 State CNPS Conference, Feb. 1-3 2018 in Los Angeles. Graduate and highly qualified undergraduate students training in the study of southern California native plants are eligible. For more information click here.