Insects of Oakland  

Oakland is a the busiest port city in Northern California and the third largest(78 square miles.) city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the eighth-largest city in the state, and the 47th-largest city in the U.S. According to the 2010 U.S. Census its population is 390,724 (estimated to be 406,253 as of 2013). Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. Oakland's territory covers what was once a mosaic of coastal terrace prairie, oak woodland, and north coastal scrub. Its land served as a rich resource when its hillside oak and redwood timber were logged to build San Francisco. A steady influx of immigrants during the 20th century, along with thousands of African-American war-industry workers who relocated from the Deep South during the 1940s, have made Oakland one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country. Oakland is known for its history of political activism, as well as its professional sports franchises and major corporations, which include health care, dot-com companies and manufacturers of household products. The city is a transportation hub for the greater Bay Area, and its shipping port is the fifth busiest in the United States. Oakland has a Mediterranean climate with an average of 260 sunny days per year. Lake Merritt, a large estuary centrally located east of Downtown, was designated the United States' first official wildlife refuge. Jack London Square, named for the author and former resident, is a tourist destination on the Oakland waterfront. In recent years, Oakland has gained national recognition as a travel destination. In 2012, the New York Times ranked Oakland one of the top 5 international destinations, after London and before Tokyo.

Insect Photo Survey Date(s):

September 21, 2014