The greater Strawberry Creek ecosystem provides important habitat
for plants and wildlife in the largely urban San Francisco metropolitan
area. The ecosystem includes the Strawberry Creek watershed, contiguous
East Bay regional park property and neighboring watersheds, and
tidal mudflats and salt marsh at the outfall. As a source of nutrients
and fresh water, Strawberry Creek supports the fisheries of the
San Francisco Bay, and continued pollution prevention and restoration
in the watershed contribute to the health of the fisheries.
Wildlife corridors between watersheds allow animals to range through
a large system of undeveloped parkland in the East Bay. While many
large mammals, such as grizzly bears and elk, were exterminated
from the area long ago, the Strawberry Canyon wildlands still provide
habitat for other large mammals such as deer, fox and mountain lions.
Several endangered or threatened plant and animal species, such
as the Alameda whipsnake are known to inhabit the greater Strawberry
Creek ecosystem. The corridor from the UC Berkeley campus to the
Bay is largely culverted and restricts access to most organisms,
which to date has prevented invasion by some exotic species, such
as the Asian mitten crab.
Historically, Strawberry Creek provided habitat for a seasonal
salmon run and many other aquatic organisms. Urban development in
the watershed, particularly the diversion of creek water for domestic
use, is believed to have exterminated the fisheries by the end of
the 19th century. Implementation of the Strawberry Creek Management
Plan (SCMP) beginning in 1987 has led to a steady recover of many
of the historic biological residents of the ecosystem.
This page presents reports on the biological resources of the greater
Strawberry Creek ecosystem. We hope to update it continually with
historical and new plant and animal survey data. Reports and data
on organisms are presented categorized by the five living kingdoms.