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RARE SPECIES ON BANNING RANCH

The following rare species are found on or next to Banning Ranch

  • California Gnatcatcher
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Southern Tar Plant
  • California Horned Lark
  • Least Bell’s Vireo
  • San Diego Fairy Shrimp
    Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Cactus Wren (last documented in 2009)
    Belding’s Savannah Sparrow
  • Merlin
  • Sharped-shinned Hawk
  • Northern Harrier
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Osprey
  • Ashy Rufous-Crowned Sparrow
  • California Least Tern (found next to Banning Ranch)
  • Light-footed Clapper Rail (found next to Banning Ranch)
Burrowing owls have disappeared from much of their historic range. With year-round breeding populations gone, Banning Ranch is one of the only places in Orange County where owls migrate for the winter.

Burrowing owls have disappeared from much of their historic range. With year-round breeding populations gone, Banning Ranch is one of the only places in Orange County where owls migrate for the winter.

The entire Banning Ranch is federally-declared critical habitat for the California Gnatcatcher.

The entire Banning Ranch is federally-declared critical habitat for the California Gnatcatcher.

Banning Ranch contains Orange County's only federally declared critical habitat for the San Diego Fairy Shrimp.

Banning Ranch contains Orange County’s only federally declared critical habitat for the San Diego Fairy Shrimp.