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There are many reasons to preserve Banning Ranch and keep it as a nature park. There would be nice ocean breezes providing fresh air, no large beach crowds to enjoy some quiet and quality time with nature, and lots of natural trails to go hiking on (the kind your feet like, not the concrete ones at an urban park).

However, one of the best reasons to save it is the incredible amount of wildlife. Much more wildlife would be expected if it is turned into a nature preserve because of the way the land is currently being handled. Just some of the wildlife that is currently found in and around the Banning Ranch area is listed below:

In 1995, according to The Coastal Conservancy, 93 species of birds were identified around the Banning Ranch area. 56 of these were water associated. 12 special status species were observed. Previously in 1988, over a period of 12 years, an additional five birds of special status were spotted.Banning Ranch is also known to be home of two endangered species, the <a href=”http://banningranchconservancy.org/birdsurvey.html”>California Gnatcatcher and the Cactus Wren</a>. Not long ago a Bald Eagle was photographed in the area. Because the property is private and the owners do their best to keep people out, it’s hard to keep track of all the wildlife that’s there. Most of the special status and endangered species from the area are listed below

Birds

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
California Least Tern
California Least Tern
Western Snowy Plover
Western Snowy Plover
White-Faced Ibis
White-Faced Ibis
Willow Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Wilson's-Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
Bell's Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparron
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer
California Gull
California Gull
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Double Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant
Elegant Tern
Elegant Tern
Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Long Billed Curlew
Long-Billed Curlew
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Osprey
Osprey
Allen's Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
 

Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians & Aquatic Creatures

 

Lowland Western Toad
Lowland Western Toad
Pacific Tree Frog
Pacific Tree Frog
Southern Alligator Lizard
Southern Alligator Lizard
Western Fence Lizard
Western Fence Lizard
Side-Blotched Lizard
Side-Blotched Lizard
Common Kingsnake
Common Kingsnake
Audubon Cottontail
Audubon Cottontail
Gopher Snake
Gopher Snake
Opossum
Opossum
Ornate Shrew
Ornate Shrew
Coyote
Coyote
Long-Tailed Weasel
Long-Tailed Weasel
California Ground Squirrels
California Ground Squirrel
San Diego Fairy Shrimp
San Diego Fairy Shrimp
 

Vegetation

 


Mule Fat

Cattail

Cockelbur

California Bulrush
Saltbush and Gnatcatcher
Saltbush

Horseweed

Curley Dock

Alkali Heath
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Marsh Fleabane
Marsh Fleabane
California Everlasting
California Everlasting
Narrow Leaved Milkweed
Narrow Leaved Milkweed
Jimsonweed and Buckwheat
Jimsonweed and Buckwheat
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