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Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat

Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
1. Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat Marker
Inscription. The Palos Verdes Peninsula supports a plant community called coastal bluff scrub that contains elements of coastal sage scrub. Coastal sage scrub communities are composed of soft, witty sub-shrubs. Coastal sage scrub seen at this site is dominated by lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), California sagebrush (Artemisia californica), California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) and small amounts of cactus.

The California sagebrush and California buckwheat are the natural habitat of a bird called the coastal California Gnatcatcher. Indigenous to the coastal zones of California, the California Gnatcatcher is a threatened species that feeds on insects gleaned from California sagebrush and buckwheat. The California Gnatcatcher maintains a year-round territory but stays within the home range during the breeding season. Since these areas of the Peninsula maintain California sagebrush, keep an eye out for a California Gnatcatcher, like the one pictured to the left.
Erected 2000.
Location. 33° 44.598′ N, 118° 22.776′ W. Marker is in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Palos Verdes Drive, South mile east of Sea Cove Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk
2. Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portuguese Bend (here, next to this marker); Santa Catalina Island (here, next to this marker); Villa Francesca (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portuguese Bend Whaling Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); Point Vicente Lighthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of the First Japanese American Farm on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (approx. 2 miles away); Brian "Cody" Prosser (approx. 4.5 miles away); Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Also see . . .  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - The Coastal California Gnatcatcher. (Submitted on March 28, 2015.)
Categories. AnimalsHorticulture & Forestry
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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