Adobe Creek played an important role in the success of Rancho de Petaluma and is one of the major reasons Vallejo chose this site for the headquarters.
Adobe Creek meanders through the park, creating a lush habitat for fish, birds, trees, and wildlife. Many native Oaks, Willows, and California Buckeye trees now flourish along the creek and were planted by the United Anglers of Casa Grande High School. The Adobe Creek Restoration Project began in 1983 when the United Anglers adopted a “dead” creek in an attempt to bring it back to life.
Once the major source of drinking water, in 1880, Adobe Creek's seven mile course was unfortunately typical; polluted, diverted, trashed, and abused. Until Adobe Creek was finally declared dead by state officials. What was once the main attraction to the Petaluma Valley in 1830, was now a public embarrassment.
From “About the Project” on the United Anglers of Casa Grande Website
In addition to the represented rancho animals, the park provides an oasis to native animal species.
Our animal list includes:
- Red-shouldered Hawks
- The USGS Site about Red-shouldered Hawks
- Red-tailed Hawks
- Barn Owls
- Coyotes and Foxes
Mama deer returns every year to have her babies. This year, she brought back one of her daughters who had twins this summer.
- A Bobcat that visits once in a while (last sighting was in the summer 2005)
- On August 23rd, 2006 a Great Horned Owl was found, which had an injured wing and was taken to The Bird Rescue Center.
- Once in a while, people will drop their cats or chickens at the park thinking they will survive here. Unfortunately, the environment does not provide well for them due to the raptors, the coyotes, and foxes.
Along with native trees, some unusual trees have been planted within the park since 1951.
The Australian Bunya Bunya
Cork Oak Trees
Prickly Pear Cactus, which line the entrance path and exhibit a wonderful array of flowers during the blooming season.
There are several Chinese Pistache Trees growing within the park. For more information Chinese Pistache on the Arbor Day site and US Forest Service Information on the Chinese Pistache