- San Diego habitats: link
- This is a great app for your smart phone that has local plants (although it was made for Santa Monica, we have a lot of the same plants): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smmplants-plants-santa-monica/id301377726?mt=8
- Oceanside’s Multiple Habitat Conservation Program
- San Diego County Multiple Species Conservation Program
- Environmental Impacts of Mountain Biking: Science Review and Best Practices
- Natural Resource Impacts of Mountain Biking: A summary of scientific studies that compare mountain biking to other forms of trail travel
- Bikes typically move through areas more quickly and quietly than other user groups so critters can get back to their business more quickly. And they aren’t likely to pause and scan with “predatory-like” moves of people with binoculars and cameras, whom are more likely to spook animals. Bikes have the lowest environmental impact to birds as noted here, or habitats in general as noted by Micheal Beck of The Endangered Habitats League in passing during a discussion at an Earth Discovery Institute event for the reasons stated above.
Getting people out on trails to use a lot of our open and natural spaces will help Code Enforcement drive out vagrants and homeless people that have trashed some Oceanside habitats as seen below:
^this is one of the more trashed sites in Oceanside. Smaller encampments, trash, and human excrement are dispersed throughout many sites in Oceanside, a potential fire hazard, and impact to habitat that trail use could not compare to.