Wildlife and domestic animals thrive in the oak woodlands of Vargas Plateau in the Fremont
hills. Dozens of cows and six-month-old calves are roaming the fields right now. You can see
Western bluebirds with their cobalt feathers and orange bellies alighting on fences and posts,
then flying out to grab insects before looping back to their posts. I only saw 6, both males and
females, but they do flock in groups of up to 100.
Then there’s the California ground squirrels, their grey fur blending in neatly with the dried grey
grasses of the winter season. I saw a half dozen dashing between rather large holes leading to
their underground multi-room dwellings. Where there’s squirrels, there are hawks. Fortunately
for the squirrels, their camouflage worked this day and the two red-tails floating on the thermals
overhead did not see them.
In addition to wildlife, Vargas Plateau boasts wide vistas of the bay anytime of year. But in
springtime, you’ll also find a wide array of native flowers.
The land was once cared for by the Tuibun or the Causen, Ohlone tribes that were forcibly
displaced by the Spanish and others. A brief history
(https://ebparks.org/parks/vargas/default.htm) is succinctly described by the area’s current
manager, the East Bay Regional Park District.