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 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
California Least Tern
Western Snowy Plover
Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians & Aquatic Creatures
Lowland Western Toad
Pacific Tree Frog
Southern Alligator Lizard
Western Fence Lizard
California Ground Squirrel
San Diego Fairy Shrimp
Narrow Leaved Milkweed
Jimsonweed and Buckwheat
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