HABITATS

Why is it is worth preserving Malibu's habitats? Pictures can explain more than words. Feel free to contribute your own to this site, and we will post them in this section based on photo quality and resolution. If you are a student, please include the name of your school or university along with your name and address. We will provide photo credits, Send to malibutownshipcouncil@gmail.com (or Malibutownshipcouncil.org, once I get that for us.) put a few more shots of ocean wildlife into the mix…. maybe substitute for photos that are are there.
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Ladybirds seemed to be everywhere this spring in Trancas Field.

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Two ferral green and magenta parakeets share a morsel to eat in the dawn on a Eucalyptus tree along Latino Canyon Road.
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There are cactus forests scattered throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. This one is on Baller Motorway, and it is full of "tunas" or prickly pears, which, when ripe are delicious yellow or magenta fruits filled with crunchy seeds.
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Purple sage and (yellow flower? Not sure of name) blossom in the spring to the great delight of residents in the hills above Malibu.
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These wild Matillija Poppies emerge each spring. They are much larger than fried eggs — and prettier too! But you cannot help thinking of sunny side ups when you gaze at a whole stand of these beautiful flowers. A nursery couldn't grow anything more beautiful, and the flowers would sell at $12 a stem in a flower shop.
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Bees are very busy when the flowers come out each spring. This species of Mallow resembles an old-fashioned rose.
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May and June have nicknames because of the foggy mornings: Gray May and June gloom. The mist usually burns off by noon and the afternoons are bright and sunny.
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Don't know what this flower is . . . golden something I think
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Every spring, whole hillsides turn purple. Part of the reason is the magnificent purple lupine, at bottom — and the other is the lovely and delicate wild radish, that bounces lightly in the breeze.
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Yarrow blossoms stand out because they are flat flowers. Sometimes, though, motorists see bushes along the highway with flowers that look like this, but are a little less flat and more yellow. They are Elderberries, a fruits Coyotes and birds love to eat, and which pioneers made into pies.
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This rare Plummer's Mariposa Lily, growing in the Santa Monica mountains between Kanan Dune and Latino Canyon, is on a state list of plants of Special Concern.
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Monkey Flowers attract bees by having little yellow and white runways on their petals, enticing the bugs to come into the flower to pollinate the pistols.
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Not sure what this is — Sure is pretty though. Suzanne????
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Yellow cactus flower, soon to be a yellow prickly pear (which you can see developing underneath the flower). The Chumash ate these fruit after first removing the almost-microscopic spines either with sharp tools or burning them off over flames.
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Fennel seed is a common sight in the hills. It is used throughout the United States to flavor a variety of foods including fish, pork and salads.
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Tiger swallowtail in Sycamore Canyon area. Efforts are underway by many Malibu residents to help rescue the ailing Monarch Butterfly, which has been victimized by killing of the Milkweed Plant, which the only plant eaten by Monarch larvae.
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Don't know what this is — looks like a while form of Snapdragon . . . or even possibly Geranium. Suzanne?
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After a rainy winter and spring, it seems everyone in Malibu celebrates as the hills and bluffs come alive with millions of bright yellow WHAT FLOWERS. These were growing wild in Malibu Bluffs Preserve.
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I have no idea what this is. It was growing near a stream in a Santa Monica Mountains Canyon. Could it possibly be a native? I doubt it, but it's pretty.
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Wild oats dance in the wind in late spring and early summer.
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The Castor Bean flower — a plant from which deadly ricin poison can be made, with seeds that should not be eaten! But the flowers are exotic and lovely.
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A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron studies the tidepools along Malibu Road to see if any delicious morsels are there for the pickings.

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