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

Publicado por kueda kueda, 21 de octubre de 2013

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Mammals

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Mamíferos (Clase Mammalia)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:40 AM PDT

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

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:18 AM PDT

Descripción

New growth after the fire, already!

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Roble Venenoso del Pacífico (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:42 AM PDT

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:53 AM PDT

Descripción

Cones opening after fire

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Encinos o Robles (Género Quercus)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:36 AM PDT

Descripción

Cf wislizeni.

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Leguminosas (Familia Fabaceae)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 11:04 AM PDT

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

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Arañas (Orden Araneae)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 11:10 AM PDT

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 11:39 AM PDT

Descripción

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

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 11:29 AM PDT

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:47 AM PDT

Descripción

Tending aphids on an oak sprout.

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Catarina Convergente (Hippodamia convergens)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 10:41 AM PDT

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 09:54 AM PDT

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Avispas de Las Agallas (Familia Cynipidae)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 09:43 AM PDT

Descripción

Not really sure what this is. Heteroecus?

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 09:41 AM PDT

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Encino (Quercus chrysolepis)

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 09:40 AM PDT

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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.

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kueda

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Octubre 20, 2013 09:22 AM PDT

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Thanks for the report!

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