Bolsa Chica Wetlands - Owlet 6/6/2020

going out for a hike?.....

We certainly hope so. But, please, please, please keep a safe 6' distance from your fellow hikers in accordance with social distancing guidelines. And, enjoy your hike!!!!!


There are many, many Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, and even Fish that are thriving on the Banning Ranch property. For a complete list of the wildlife that fall into this category please visit the Biology page of the SNBR Website.
It is very important to know there are 76 wildlife species that can be found either on the Banning Ranch Property or in the vicinity that are endangered (Federally and/or State of California), are on the State Fully Protected List, are listed as a State Species of Special Concern, and/or are on the State Species Watch List.
Please visit the Endangered Species page for the complete list of wildlife that fall into this category. There are links within this list that contain detailed information about some of the endangered species as well as which species have been observed on the property.

Photo By:Matt Knoth

big news....

The coyotes (and lots of other wildlife) are howling over the good news.
A two-decade effort to preserve the 401-acre Banning Ranch as a nature sanctuary got a surprise boost when Frank Randall announced he and his wife, Joann, were donating $50 million toward purchase of the property.
In addition to this announcement, Paolo Perrone of Trust for Public Land (TPL), a private non-profit that preserves land for people, informed the Banning Ranch Conservancy that TPL has been in negotiation with the Banning Ranch ownership group concerning a possible sale of the property and significant progress is being made. Mr. Perrone estimated that if a deal is to be reached, it’s probably a 1 1/2 to 2 years away.
In 2009, the landowner estimated the property value to be in “the mid-$200 millions.” At the same time, the city of Newport Beach said estimated its worth between $138 million and $158 million. Perrone added that once a deal is struck, the conservancy and trust will pursue state and local funding to round out funding needs, including money from the $4 billion Prop. 68 parks bond approved by voters last year.
Plans for 895 homes, a resort hotel and retail shops on 70 acres of the undeveloped land were nixed by the Coastal Commission in 2016. The commission cited environmental concerns with the parcel, which fronts Pacific Coast Highway next to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach. But the landowner, Newport Banning Ranch LLC, continued to state that they may pursue development with a smaller proposal/project.

and the "not so good news"..................

Recent news indicates the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) recently voted to shift increased housing mandates towards coastal areas - Newport Beach needs to approve 4,800 new housing units over the next decade.
City of Newport Beach Community Director Seimone Jurjis commented: “Those are huge numbers - this is going to change the landscape of Newport Beach.” Mr. Jurjis went on to say, "The airport area, Newport Center and Banning Ranch — the open space in West Newport coveted by conservationists — have the most capacity" (for new housing).
He acknowledged that developers’ attempts to build on the disused oil field have been repeatedly rejected by the California Coastal Commission and that environmentalists want to purchase the 401-acre site to keep it as open space.

Stay tuned......