Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Seasonal Shifts on Arana Gulch
The red-tailed hawk mother has had her children out practicing their soaring over the coastal prairie terraces, what's left of them at least. We hear their high, shrill cries every day, wafting down from the quiet, cloudless sky.
Now that the City has mowed the entire upper terrace, the wee beasties that live there have less cover to hide in, making their lives more perilous, but causing the predators to lick their lips in anticipation. Life goes on in balance.
Putting an industrial scale bike road through this quiet and contemplative habitat would change its character forever, slicing through this interdependent circle of life with a paved pathway for skirling skateboard noise and rushing bicycle wheels as they whiz by the interpretive displays without notice. A high speed bike road is incompatible with this designated Natural Area.
To put a stop to the City of Santa Cruz Broadway-Brommer Bicycle Pedestrian Connection project, visit Friends of Arana Gulch at http://members.cruzio.com/~arana/ and sign the petition to the California Coastal Commission to take the Broadway-Brommer project out of the Arana Gulch Master Plan.