Always one of our best field trips! This year 20 CNPS members and five or six Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff members and volunteers set out accross the conservancy. Riding in conservancy vehicles, we visited a large portion of the conservance including parts of Loma Ridge, Limestone Canyon, The Sinks, Box Springs and more. In total we travelled almost sixteeen miles of the IRC property. As always, our amazing leader was the super knowledgable Dr. Jutta Burger, senior field ecologist for the conservancy. As the volunteers ferried us across the land, Dr. Burger and the docents would elaborate on the plants, the animals, the restoration projects and the local ecology in a way that everyone could understand and appreciate.
Some of the highlights were thorough explanation of an ongoing UC Irvine climate change field experiment, restoration projects involving an array of methods (including goats), nesting red-tailed hawks, animal tracking instruction, and of course invasive plant removal and control efforts. The conservancy even fed us all lunch as we sat overlooking the beautiful red rocks and cliffs of Orange County's "little grand canyon". This is a trip that everyone should do at least once. A great day. Thank you Dr. Burger and everyone at The Irvine Ranch Conservancy.
Trip photos and captions can also be seen on our Chapter Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CNPS.OC
Because this trip covered several miles of the conservancy a plant list could not have accurately been made.