The section below is typically a west to east section for most of the California coast.
I live in Santa Cruz, California. This is on the west coast of the United States. Santa Cruz is near midway on the coast of California. It sits on the North side of the Monterey Bay. I live between two marshes - Pescadero marsh to the north and the marshes of Watsonville to the south. My watershed is the San Lorenzo River Watershed.
Some fundamental questions -
1. Name three native trees that grow in your area:
a. Coast Redwood
b. Coast Live Oak
c. California Bay Laurel
2. Name three native shrubs that grow in your area:
a. Coyote Bush
c. Pacific Wax Myrtle
3. Name three native riparian trees or shrubs:
a. Arroyo Willow
b. Box Elder
c. California Cottonwood
4. Name three sea birds if you are near the coast:
a. California Gull
c. Brown Pelican
5. Name three raptors:
a. Red Tailed Hawk
b. Swallow-Tailed Kite
c. Northern Harrier
6. Name three marsh birds if there are marshes nearby:
a. Common Egret
b. Great Blue Heron
c. Black Crowned Night Heron
YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOUR WATER COMES FROM....
AND WHERE YOUR SEWAGE GOES ...
(Water Treatment Facility, Ocean Street Extension)
WHAT LATITUDE ON EARTH ARE YOU ?
(about 37 degrees North)
(you can't work on solar design if you don't know this.. but that will be a future post !)