Archive for the ‘Guadalupe Oak Grove Park’ Category

Saving the Western Bluebird

According to the California Bluebird Recovery Program, (CBRP), newsletter, “Bluebirds Fly” Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter 2019, Lee Pauser was the top producer of 2018 out of 13 California counties.  He was responsible for the fledging of 1,850 birds (fledge means the bird has acquired the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity), and within that total he was responsible for the fledging of 701 Western Bluebirds.  Pretty impressive results!

Over the years, bluebirds have lived and reproduced in California. However, due to development in rural areas, much of their preferred habitat has been destroyed.

Lee’s primary activities are around birding.  However, he still finds time to lend a hand with the different Martin-Fontana Parks Association projects and taking care of the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.    He is primarily involved in Owl, Duck and hawk/falcon nesting boxes.

When you see Lee, tell him ‘well done’!

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park Group formed

This is to inform you that Lee Pauser , David Poeschel  and myself, have created a Groups.io website for Guadalupe Oak Grove Park:

https://groups.io/g/GuadalupeOakGrovePark

The objective of the group:

Is to provide park advocates and park users a forum to learn about, and discuss, on-going vegetation management issues. We encourage all to post photos and/or links describing the flora and fauna in our park.

Please consider joining the group: and spread the word.

Thanks for considering.

Patrick P. Pizzo

Sheep Grazing in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park?

They are here. According to  Parks Facilities Supervisor, Dan Greeley, 400 Goats arrived this Wednesday morning at GOGP and they are hungry.

On Thursday, September 13th, you can stop by the park at 6:30 PM for a special Meet the Herder event!

Here is an ‘update’ posting from Dan Greeley, PRNS-City of San Jose:

A question came to Dan by Valley Water folks- “All, last year we utilized Star Creek Land Stewards and were very happy with their services. We intend to use them again next year in select locations [in their stewardship areas]”

Response from Dan-

PRNS is using Star Creek as well. We hope to confirm dates for next week [starting September 10th]. It is a challenge to schedule animals as they do not stick to a schedule that very. We were to have them last week but they were that hungry at the previous job. 😊

We are hoping to clear about 5 acres in the park and then follow this effort up with planting native acorns in the cleared area.

Dan Greeley | Parks Facilities Supervisor
Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Almaden Lake Regional Park

For more information regarding the Guadalupe Oak Grove Vegetation Management Plan:  https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Guadalupe-Oak-Grove-Park-41.  Ready to Volunteer? Questions? Please contact ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov or call (408) 595-3483.

Grazing.pdf

 

 

Managing Neighborhood Coyotes

Here is a Advisory from the Santa Clara County Vector Control District:

Volunteer and Help

Please don’t pick the flowers. Oops! I meant to say FLAGS….

 

 

You may have seen green/blue and red irrigation flags in one area of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park between two of the main walking trails.  These flags represent a project being done in cooperation with District 10.  They mark a 30 foot-wide swath from trail to trail, and all the one-year old, baby Valley and Blue Oak shoots that are growing within.  These shoots are to be ‘caged’ in chicken wire cages to protect them, watered and encouraged to live as they are to be the replacement trees for the Blue and Valley Oak trees we are losing to the extended drought and other issues.  The flags are there because after the deciduous native oak trees drop their leaves they will be ‘invisible’ but for the subsequent caging.  Blue and Valley Oaks will not regenerate due to the high-weed and grass load in the park and the out-competing Coast Live Oaks which are overtaking the open Savannah.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

 

 

 

Pat Pizzo

Vegetation Management Plan for Guadalupe Oak Grove Park?

 

Patrick Pizzo, one of Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s project managers, proposes timed grazing for GOGP:

A method suggested in the Vegetation Management Plan for Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.  Grazing may be done via goats, sheep, or cattle; and the timing part deals with the ideal time to remove European introduced grasses and weeds, promoting the return of CA native grasses and wildflowers, which once were common in our park.  This improves the wildlife habitat for the birds, animals and insects.  Since the park is enclosed by fencing, all that would be required to exercise this option is to bring in the domestic animals and provide them with water (a plastic tot-swimming pool or bathtub).  These three photos taken in the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, illustrate the benefit of timed grazing. You are looking out at Vernal pools in the Spring, about mid-March.  An area has been cyclone-fenced to provide a ‘control’.  In this area, the Cattle cannot graze.  What you see is the effectiveness of grazing in removing the European grasses and weeds which fill the fenced-in area and providing room for the native plant seed base to do its thing.  The yellow flowering plants outside the cage are native wildflowers common to Vernal Pools, as are the other ground-plants you see in the photos.  You can imagine the difference in fire-load and, considering the events of last week (a fire in the northern portion of the GOGP), one can see the benefit from timed grazing.