The concrete channel of Compton Creek (adjacent to the Gateway Towne Center and the Artesia Blue Line station) provides an unlikely habitat for the Black-Necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus). This beautiful species feeds amongst mud flats created by eroded soil that is brought to the Creek by an extensive network of storm drains. These "sludge mats" support vegetation and invertebrates and, incredibly, they also provide areas for nesting as seen in this video. An amazing example of species adaptation to a highly urbanized watershed.

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