This winter’s rainfall is bringing some beautiful benefits to Orange County: a budding and colorful show of wildflowers. Joining the sea of red, white, purple and green are the vibrant yellow flowers of Encelia californica. This species is commonly called bush sunflower for its resemblance to a small sunflower; it also looks a bit like a yellow daisy. When flowering, bush sunflowers bring a cheery yellow hue to the landscape and are irresistible to pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers a variety of free activities for the whole family
Springtime is officially here, bringing blue skies, warm air and lots of Orange County sunshine throughout the flourishing landmarks. Families looking to spend quality time in the beauty of nature over spring break can join a variety of fitness activities and wildlife experiences on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Whether spring break is in session or not, LetsGoOutside.org provides a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and adore the local Landmarks.
Families looking for a relaxing start to the week can enjoy a non-stressful exercise while taking in the fresh air of Baker Canyon at Tai Chi in the Canyon. Take a moment to energize together and enjoy the blossoming nature during this outdoor exercise on Monday, April 1 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The session is open to all ages 18 and older who want to participate or simply observe the outdoor exercise.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy's #WhereTheWildflowersAre Social Media Takeover Flourished with Local Wildflowers
Spring is officially upon us and wildflower blooms are in full effect across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks! In case you missed it, Irvine Ranch Conservancy shared a collection of wildflowers that can be seen across the Landmarks during the #WhereTheWildFlowersAre social media takeover. From March 15 - 21, the Conservancy’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were blooming with color as each post highlighted some of the most common local wildflowers.
The #WhereTheWildflowersAre social media takeover featured 24 different local wildflowers and gave wildflower fans an easily accessible way to explore the outdoors and inspire outdoor enthusiasts to get out and spot these local blooming beauties. Wildflowers like Arroyo Lupine, Bush Sunflowers, Common Fiddlenecks and the popular super bloom California Poppies were just a few of the species that were featured during the virtual tour. Check out a few posts below with fun facts about local wildflowers.
Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria biflora) - Named for the color of its flowers, the Chocolate Lily is most often found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in Chaparral areas.
Meet Rachel Lambert, Seed Farm Stewardship Coordinator
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s 14-acre Native Seed Farm is essential to the success of habitat restoration projects throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, but it also serves as a great way for the community to connect with the land. Community support and involvement are critical for the farm’s success. Volunteers and participation from the public allow conservancy staff to produce more seed from a wider range of plants, essential ingredients for successful restoration on the land. However, many volunteers will be quick to admit that it isn’t just the plants that keep them coming back to the farm.
Rachel Lambert, Seed Farm Stewardship Coordinator, leads most public activities at the farm. Her bubbly personality and deep knowledge of plants and history make every outing an adventure to remember, and keeps the public coming back for more. She has been working at the Native Seed Farm for six years and is responsible for planning and hosting stewardship activities at the farm, as well as assisting with the farm’s day-to-day operations.
Daylight savings time provides an extra hour of sunlight for you to get outside
As winter fades away and the clocks spring forward on Sunday, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. If you’re stuck indoors all day and need a way to de-stress, take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight and sign up for one of the many evening activities Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers. Take a stroll at your own pace, get in an evening workout or learn about nature with an interpretive activity. There’s a wide variety of evening activities to choose from, so get out and explore the Landmarks as the sun goes down!
Nature lovers looking for a leisurely paced hike can sign up for the Twilight Hike in Orchard Hills on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. Take in the sights and relax during this evening hike, as you make your way around the Orchard Hills loop trail and watch the sky change color. Hikers looking for a moderately paced evening hike should try the Orchard Hills Evening Hike. Occurring weekly, this two-hour hike provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline. Meandering around an avocado orchard, these two activities will reward hikers with spectacular views of Orange County and a chance to experience Orchard Hills before and after sunset.
Welcome to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy "News from the Field" blog. These articles are written by Conservancy staff about activities and projects in and near the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.