While there are many creatures on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks that could be considered spooky, wildlife including reptiles, arachnids, and birds of prey are an important part of the ecosystem – and oftentimes they’re more afraid of humans than we are of them! The open spaces are home to many rare and native species, and the fall season offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy the local lands and possibly spot a not-so-scary creature on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
First and foremost, it’s important for visitors to understand that the open spaces are a natural habitat and should be treated with reverence. Long distance viewing of plants and wildlife isn’t just a safety precaution: it’s meant to protect the environment and those enjoying the trails. During the fall season, visitors to the lands have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of fantastic wildlife, including tarantulas during their mating season, snakes sunbathing on trails or an owl looking for its next meal.