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DID YOU KNOW…

Native plant numbers increase the season after a burn.


It’s true. Researchers on Catalina have found that native plants, wildflowers in particular, increase the season after a fire. You’ll often hear the expression “flowers follow fire.” Catalina’s native fire followers have adapted to take immediate advantage of the denuded landscape. They prefer to grow in ashy burned material and have the space there that may have previously been occupied by burned-off non-native grasses or other plants.

In fact, after the 1999 Goat Harbor Fire, the Conservancy identified a plant that hadn’t been seen on Catalina in over a century, Phacelia grandiflora, as well as a fire poppy that had not been previously recorded on the Island. Some other common fire followers on Catalina are Trask’s yerba santa, whispering bells, golden yarrow, blue twining snapdragon and Island rush rose. As fire is inevitable on Catalina, look for these flashy phoenixes after the next (let’s hope minor) blaze.







Did you miss the last issue of Island Naturalist? Click here.

THE ISLAND NATURALIST
Issue #16 / All About Fire


IN THIS ISSUE...


Fire! Catalina’s Friend or Foe?
Preventing Wildfires on Catalina
Fact or Fiction: Can Goats Stem Fires?
Did You Know … Fires Increase Native Plants      




Photo by Jack Baldelli

One year after the 2007 Island Fire, wildflowers like these island poppies and blue dicks blanketed the hillsides along Airport Road.

Missed recent issues?
Issue #1 / All About Bison

Issue #2 / All About Birds

Issue #3 / All About Plants
Issue #4 / All About Eagles
Issue #5 / All About Ravens & Crows
Issue #6 / All About Natives & Invasives  
Issue #7 / All About Rain
Issue #8 / All About Bison Roundup
Issue #9 / All About Foxes
Issue #10 / All About Weeds
Issue #11 / All About Eagle Hatchlings
Issue #12 / All About Snakes
Issue #13 / All About Diurnal Raptors
Issue #14 / All About Diurnal Raptors II
Issue #15 / All About Giants & Dwarves



 

 

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