We live in an area with a wonderful variety of natural spaces. Stream corridors, oak woodlands, grasslands, seasonal wetlands, vernal pools, and sycamore woodlands are among the habitats found in LARPD open spaces and reserves. These places are home to a wide array of plants and animals, and the scenery changes with the season. There is always something new to discover.
New! Sycamore Grove Native Garden Map by Girl Scout Hana Spelts
New! Sycamore Grove Native Garden Guide by Girl Scout Hana Spelts
Wildflowers of Sycamore Grove Park (6MB) by Volunteer Wally Wood
Printable PDF field guides
These guides were created by Park Ranger Dawn Soles and scientific illustrator Katharine Decker-Johnson. They are specific to plants and animals found in Livermore. They are designed to be printed double-sided and folded in thirds. We hope you will find them to be interesting, educational and useful!
Birds of Prey (Raptors)
Insects and Spiders
Reptiles (Including snakes)
Originally we wanted to offer printed copies of these guides in our parks but we currently do not have the funding to print them. If you or a business you are associated with might be interested in sponsoring the printing of one or more of these guides so we can make them available to the public, please contact us at (925) 960 2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildflower Guides (with photos)
Many of the animals that live in the parks tend to get more than their share of bad press. Though some of these animals can potentially harm you, what they really want is to be left alone.
- Rattlesnakes – are here; keep your distance; you’re too big to eat.
- Ticks – Check for them during and after hikes to remove them before they attach. If one attaches remove it with tweezers and take to vector control for identification
- Mountain lions – There are occasional sightings. They rarely approach people. In the unlikely event that you find yourself in a close encounter with a mountain lion, stand tall, wave your arms and make lots of noise
- Bobcats – Too small to be dangerous to people and they usually stay a healthy distance away. They normally eat prey the size of ground squirrels and bunnies
- Snakes – several species of snake are found here, but only the rattlesnake can inject a venom that can harm you
- Poison oak – the oils on the leaves and branches cause an uncomfortable rash in most people
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