Trip Recap

An incredible and educational trip! Always one of the best days a native plant enthusiast can spend in the wild. This trip should almost be a requirement for CA Native Plant Society membership. 

After meeting at the Augustine Staging Area off Santiango Canyon Road and doing some introductions and an overview of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks we set out. For the rest of the day, twenty lucky CNPS members travelled under the completecare of Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and docents. We boarded three IRC vehicles and set out to learn and experience a small part of the well protected and managed former ranch, now a part of Orange County Parks that is managed by The Irvine Ranch Conservancy.

Dr. Jutta Burger, the Senior Environmental Ecologist and a OC CNPS Board Member was our more that able guide and natural history interpretor and teacher. For the next five hours and fourteen miles we were tought and shown climate studies, restoration strategies, rare plants, insect associations, unsual insects, bird life, animal tracks and scat, ecological niches, geology and more.

Many, many thanks to Dr. Burger and all the great IRC docents who gave up their Saturday for the benefit of our CNPS members. Can't wait for next year.

For a complete list of the 111 plant species seed today, click the tab "Plants Seen" (courtesy of IRC volunteer and master list maker Diane Etchison).