Read Through a Frog's Eye by April Yang and
Frances Kwong. Go over some of the specialized vocabulary in the
Coir logs - Roll of coconut fiber, often used in
bioengineering systems to provide erosion control along a stream bank,
also helps to support the
establishment of new vegetation, especially willow stakes
- Removal of soil
particles by wind and water
Eucalyptus tree - A tall tree, whose outside bark peels and native to
Australia. Arrived in
California in the 1800’s as a quick growing tree.
It produces chemicals that do not allow many native wildflowers
and grasses to live in the undergrowth.
Lagoon - A
body of water that is not moving
Meander - When
a creek moves into a “s” pattern, reflecting a slow down of water
Pacifica Frog – The name of the character in “Through a Frog’s Eye”
referring to the Pacific Chorus or Tree Frog (Pseuacris regilla)
which is found in Mission Creek
Restoration - Bringing an area back to a specific time (before humans lived
in an area; before the ice age, etc)
Rip-rap - A
layer, facing, or protective mound of stones, randomly placed to prevent
erosion or scour at a structure or embankment; also the stone so used
Straw wattles - Temporary
large, woven mat made of
straw, that is placed over a steep bank and to hold back erosion and to
act as a surface for seeding quick growing wildflowers and grasses.
Sycamore tree - Grows along creek beds and has a characteristic greenish-gray
smooth bark. Native
sycamores have large tree lobed leaves.
Tule - This
aquatic plant with long, green reeds.
Tules go dormant during the winter and grow rapidly during the
spring and summer. Native to California wetland areas.
Turkey vulture - A large bird with a characteristic red-orange, naked, small
head. The bird is a
scavenger that feeds on the meat of dead animals.
Webbed feet -
An adaptation by birds,
amphibians, and reptiles that usually use the water for swimming.
Helps capture water to help propel more efficiently.