Album of Heron Park Field Trip
Selected photos from the spider collecting field trip to Heron
Park, Mill Creek, Snohomish County, Washington on 15 May 2006. Photos by Rod
Crawford. As little as 20 years ago the present city of Mill Creek was at
least 50% open country. Now, tiny Heron Park (6 or 7 houses wide) is surrounded
by miles of houses with an occasional golf course. Some effort is being made
to restore habitat, but just go out of sight of the trail and you're into invasive
blackberry. Ivy from residential yards to the north is invading and swallowing
trees. A pond, still 3/4 open 4 years ago, is now a bed of purple loosestrife.
It's a wonder there are still some native spiders!
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|Remnant of a large area, Heron Park by 2002 was surrounded by miles of houses (USGS)||The flat area, formerly open water, is now a bed of purple loosestrife (not blooming yet in this spring photo) © Rod Crawford|
|Riparian forest around pond © Rod Crawford||A lilttle open water remains at the far end © Rod Crawford|
|Invading ivy swallows trees © Rod Crawford||Blackberry thicket between trail & pond © Rod Crawford|
|Western red cedar trunk © Rod Crawford||Another cedar grows from living "nurse log" © Rod Crawford|
|Douglas-fir trunk © Rod Crawford||Edge of willow swamp © Rod Crawford|