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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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FRANK SALA'S CORNER
I first met the late FRANK P. SALA over half a century ago, in 1955, when I was a teenager and he was living at 1912 Hilton Dr., BURBANK, CA. (S. side of the Verdugo Hills, at ± 1600 ft. elev.). His “Bug-room” drew me like a moth to a black light! This was my first experience with a like-minded lepidopterist, who was also avidly rearing moth larvae and studying life histories.  Frank was a goldmine of tips and clever innovations, during his pursuit of this avocation.  Early on, I learned from him (and later, from Chris Henne, at his home in Pearblossom, CA.) many of the techniques that I'm still using to this day....I could never have found two more inspiring teachers (in every complimentary sense of that word), who might have offered me a fraction of the insights that those two dedicated individuals shared with me....and it didn't cost one cent of “tuition”.  (Now THAT'S real education, with a capital E!)  I continue to be an eager student, at every stage of this lifetime pursuit. And, there still remains so much more to learn....For further thoughts on the topic of real education, versus its rapidly proliferating opposite, don't “overlook” the timeless wisdom of Jacques Barzun (1945), Anthony Standen (1950), and B.E. Wigginton (Foxfire I-III, Introductions, 1972-1975). They said it all, decades ago; how sad that no one in positions of power ever took any of it seriously....


In Nov., 2006, when I informed Frank of the impending “birth” of this website, he asked if I would like to peruse his files of 800 miscellaneous color slides (accumulated since the 1950's), and pick out any images that might relate to my original Santa Monica Mts. survey.   I said “yes”, of course! These slides were just sitting around in boxes and would never get used, he said.  I have since gone through all of them, and picked out some that do “relate”.  Only about 15% (of the 800 slides) actually do connect to similar Chaparral or Sage Scrub habitats—primarily, those from the Verdugo Hills (the Burbank address at 1912 Hilton Dr.), or from his later Hollywood address (3830 Carnavon Way), which was just south of Griffith Park, near the far eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains.  The time-span for these photos was from the 1950's into the 1980's.  Many of the slides are of butterflies and skippers, or they depict various unidentified larvae, or are from other Californian localities (not near the coast), and so will not be shown here. Frank's complete slide collection is now housed in the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (c/- Dr. John Rawlins), as per his request....All of the Frank Sala photos that are shown at this website are credited with his name (FS-series), and some of them also include other tidbits of information that had been written onto their cardboard frames.  Unfortunately, an accompanying card file (said to contain more detailed notes) was lost or misplaced after his final move to Carmel. [Click here to view these miscellaneous color slides from Frank Sala.]. While this website was being constructed, Frank passed away, on 18 Feb. 2007 (age 84). He will be greatly missed by this writer. He is survived by his widow, Vivian Presco Sala, of Carmel.


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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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