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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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OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)
Anyone now living in this region, who has a love for the native flora, may find these early descriptions of more than passing interest, should they have any desire to reconstruct a microcosm (in their gardens) of the exact species which actually grew on these hills and ridges....I often make a distinction between the various soil-types (usually heavy clays, slate, or sandstone vs. decomposed granites), as this sometimes needs to be taken into account when attempting to grow certain species of native plants. Others (less “fussy”!) grew throughout the district, and should adapt well to whichever soil-type(s) they are offered, in a local home garden environment....But remember, these plants evolved with this Mediterranean precipitation regimen, where almost never a drop of rainfall is seen from April or May to October or November (at least 7 months)!  Summer fog is an important part of their world during the dry season.  Many of these plants will die or fry (or at least fail to thrive), if taken too far inland, away from the coastal influences of the summer fog-belt....Some of them can tolerate water during their (normal) summer dormancy, and a few may even appear to thrive with its application (Diplacus, for example) — up to a point.  Others will quickly (or slowly!) expire, if too regularly watered through the May to October period of dormancy.... Avoid summer watering if possible, once the plants are established. Cautious experimentation will demonstrate their limits of tolerance for water in the dry season!

If the (normal) late fall/winter rains are inadequate (as is the case in any drought year), supplemental watering during the correct time-period (from late Oct. into March) will work wonders and is, in fact, very important!....Keep these guidelines in mind, and the species that I describe below could probably be encouraged to thrive once again, in at least a few gardens along Oak Pass Road....
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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