Morgan Fire in Mt. Diablo State Park, +1 Month

North Peak and Prospectors Gap Rd

New Growth Already Went to check out the burn area on Mt. Diablo this morning, and was surprised to find things sprouting back already. I guess we had some rain in September, but that was 0.66" after many, many months of nothing. The burn area within the park looks contained between Summit Rd, Curry Canyon Rd, and Prospector's Gap Rd., with only minimal burn around the summit I was mostly wandering around the Summit Trail and Prospector's Gap, but there was some serious burnination along Summit Rd, if you want to investigate and can't/won't hike very far. Early sprouters included oaks, poison oak, yerba santa, and annual grasses.

I found at least one mammal bone, but otherwise no mammal remains, which contrasted from the burn area I visited in Montaña de Oro in the spring, which had all these little piles of bones. I suspect there were plenty of mammals in the area, so why no remains? Or why were they at Montaña de Oro?

Interestingly, there were almost no Western Fence Lizards. I saw one, outside the burn, whereas usually I'd expect to see them everywhere.

Here are some more landscape pics:

burn chaparral

Wright Canyon and Prospector's Gap Rd.

Sigh

Summit from Prospectors Gap Rd

Looking South

Posted by kueda kueda, October 21, 2013 05:18 AM

Observations

Mammals

Photos / Sounds

What

Mammals (Class Mammalia)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:40 AM PDT

Description

Bone in a pile of white ash, just like Montana de oro.

Photos / Sounds

What

California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:18 AM PDT

Description

New growth after the fire, already!

Photos / Sounds

What

Pacific Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:42 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Gray Pine (Pinus sabiniana)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:53 AM PDT

Description

Cones opening after fire

Photos / Sounds

What

Oaks (Genus Quercus)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:36 AM PDT

Description

Cf wislizeni.

Photos / Sounds

What

Legumes (Family Fabaceae)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 11:04 AM PDT

Description

Sprouting around what May have been manzanita, and maybe some chamise.

Photos / Sounds

What

Spiders (Order Araneae)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 11:10 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 11:39 AM PDT

Description

Doesn't look like the burn was that hot here (still some green trees) but still, pretty amazing

Photos / Sounds

What

Mediterranean Seed Bug (Xanthochilus saturnius)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 11:29 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

American Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:47 AM PDT

Description

Tending aphids on an oak sprout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 10:41 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Bullet-Gall Wasp (Heteroecus malus)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 09:54 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Gall Wasps (Family Cynipidae)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 09:43 AM PDT

Description

Not really sure what this is. Heteroecus?

Photos / Sounds

What

Fold Gall Midge (Dasineura silvestrii)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 09:41 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Canyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 09:40 AM PDT

Description

The remaining oaks seem to be producing acorns in profusion. Probably not related to the fire, but good to know there will be a next generation.

Photos / Sounds

What

Interior Live Oak (Quercus wislizeni)

Observer

kueda

Date

October 20, 2013 09:22 AM PDT

Comments

Thanks for the report!

Posted by microm over 8 years ago (Flag)

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