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Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Wildlife Monitoring Project is a Model of Open Space Land Management

Our friends and neighbors at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy posted this great compilation of wildlife caught on film by the IRC’s Wildlife Monitoring Project. Since our local open spaces comprise the same habitat, we see many of the same animals in our local parks and reserves.



Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

The Conservancy’s [...]

Meet Some of Orange County’s Most Elusive Residents

One can’t deny the fact that the growth of Orange County has come at the expense of open space and natural ecosystems. And while many animals have adapted to living in the shadow of human development, there are certain animals who are largely not compatible with a human presence. Mountain lions and bobcats are prime [...]