Cottonwood I habitat and wildlife contains all four major plant communities found in the Pasadena and Altadena foothills: Southern Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral and Streamside Riparian. The spring on the property flows year-round into the Arroyo Seco. Dense woodland shade helps retain this water.
This Arroyo Seco route provides an unimpeded wildlife corridor for animals moving north and south. Mammals of the area expected to be using these corridors include mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, black bear, raccoon, striped skunk, Virginia opossum, long-tailed weasel, Audubon’s cottontail rabbit, California ground squirrel, fox squirrel, western gray squirrel, Merriam’s chipmunk and numerous rodents. It has an impressive birding habitat, for both year-round living space and migration. In addition numerous reptiles and amphibians are expected to share the habitat. Photos courtesy of Lance Benner, Mickey Long and Denis Callet.