White Slough

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Both the slough itself and the islands within it, as well as an extensive freshwater marsh at the eastern end, are included in this area.

The area consists primarily of a freshwater marsh, with cattails, Typha sp., California bulrush, Scirpus californicus, and spike-rush, Eleocharis sp., the most prominent. Along the levees and the islands stands of rush, Juncus sp., are found in abundance. Elodea sp. and Myriophyllum sibiricum are present locally. On the larger islands some riparian community occurs, with cottonwoods, Populus fremontii, thickets of willow, Salix spp., and Rubus sp.

The thick cover on the larger islands provides food and shelter for a wide variety of animals. Among the more noteworthy is the white-tailed kite, Elanus leucurus, which is frequently sighted here.

Integrity: There is a levee bordering the slough and at least one island has a levee around it. There also are several buildings in the area. The eastern portion is a man-made channel, connecting the marsh to the slough.

Use: Research, educational, observational, present. Some islands private.

January 1977

Inventory of California Natural Areas
Revision © 2009 Steven Louis Hartman

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