There are many species of animals that live in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. While you might see a few when you visit, most wildlife avoid human contact. They may see you as a threat, or they might be “nocturnal.” and most active at night. SInce scientists need to monitor wildlife health and habits, they use remote monitoring cameras to “see” the animals. These cameras are positioned along trails, and capture images of the animals as they walk by. Biologists use these photos to check if wildlife are healthy, where they are living, and to see if human activity is affecting them.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy scientists want you to see the animals, too! These slideshows feature images captured by their Wildlife Monitoring Project. For more information about the project, click here. For more slideshows, visit the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Wildlife Slideshows page on YouTube.
Year of Deer
A year of photos taken by a remote wildlife monitoring camera in Limestone Canyon. The photos are in order from January through December, so you can watch the seasons change in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
In spring, baby critters are out exploring the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
For the Birds
A variety of native birds captured throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, including owls, hawks, eagles, hummingbirds and more.
Sometimes the animals get a little curious about the cameras used in the Wildlife Monitoring Project. Here are some critters who are ready for their close up.
2007 Santiago Fire
These captivating pictures follow the 2007 Santiago Fire as it traveled through Limestone Canyon.
For more slideshows, click here.