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Habitat and Wildlife
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:

Birds

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 California Gnatcatcher and the Cactus Wren. 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:

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 Sparrow

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



Pickelweed


Cordgrass


Jaumea


Sea Lavender


Salt Grass


Alkali Mallow


Red Willows


Macroalgae

Salt Heliotrope
Salt Heliotrope

Prickly Pear
Pricky Pear

Mugwort
Mugwort

Arroyo Willow
Arroyo Willow
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