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BACKYARD 1 — BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1938—1957)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, in the E. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
Historical Macro-Moth Study (1953-1957)
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Dirt Roads ...
What's mainly wrong with society 
today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

There's not a problem in America today....crime, drugs,
education, divorce, delinquency....that wouldn't be remedied,
if we just had more Dirt Roads because Dirt Roads
give character.

People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that 
life is a bumpy ride.

That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes. 
But it's worth it, if at the end is  a home....
A loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.


We wouldn't have near the trouble 
with our educational system  if our kids got their 
exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids,  from 
whom they learn how to get along.

There was less crime on our streets before they were paved.

Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, 
if they knew they'd be welcomed by five barking 
dogs and a double barreled shotgun.




And there were NO drive by shootings.

Our values were better when our Roads were worse!

People did not worship their cars more than their 
kids and motorists were more courteous.



They didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the 
guy in front would choke them with dust and bust 
their windshield with rocks.


Dirt Roads taught patience.


Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly. 

You did not hop in your car for a quart of milk.  

You walked to the barn for your milk.


For your mail....you walked to the mail box.

What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was 
the best part. You stayed home and had family time, roasted 
marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony-rode on 
Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts 
than anybody else....

At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words 
tasted like soap.


Most paved roads lead to trouble. Dirt Roads most likely 
lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.

At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time 
we ever locked our car as in August because if we didn't, 
some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini.

At the end of Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime 
income; when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to 
hitch up a team and pull them out.


Usually you got a dollar....always you got a new friend....at the end of a Dirt Road.

---Attributed to Paul Harvey
1A — Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938-1957)

Dedications

Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!

EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME

FIRES

- (A) Botanical Highlights

-- Historical Remarks on Oaks

-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!

-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)

-- Echos From the Past!

-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY

- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS

- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED

- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED

- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED

CONTACT INFORMATION

DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)

THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER


1B — BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Road (1953-1957)

A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE

ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT

BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road

BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE

ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED

The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES

HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION

FRANK SALA'S CORNER

FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER


1C — HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957-1964)

1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)

DIRT ROADS

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