The Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a medium-sized butterfly named for the conspicuous target-shaped eyespots found on their wings that potentially ward off predators. Often seen perching on low branches or on the ground, the Common Buckeye is primarily brown in color with orange accents, blending in with surrounding plants and soil.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy is thrilled to announce the launch of its organizational social media accounts! In addition to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks social channels, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can now follow Irvine Ranch Conservancy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information about restoration projects, staff, volunteers and more.
Each social media platform allows a separate space for Irvine Ranch Conservancy to share exciting news and stories, and invite community members to take a look behind the scenes and learn more about how the organization works to protect and restore local wildlands.
One of our core values as an organization is to inspire active public support for native habitats in our surrounding communities. With the help of our volunteers, we are able to offer unique experiences for the public to develop a personal connection to the land and a lifelong commitment to respect, conserve, and protect the precious natural resources in Orange County.
We look forward to having you join the conversation with us on social media! For more information about Irvine Ranch Conservancy, visit irconservancy.org or follow on social media using the handle @IRConservancy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Habitat restoration work on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is a crucial part of Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s mission. From planning to execution, the Conservancy leads long-term, comprehensive ecological restoration efforts with a variety of methods tailored to local wildlands.
IRC Program Coordinator Alan Blake is one of the dedicated staff members who works on habitat restoration projects through the Conservancy’s Habitat Restoration and Enhancement program. A native to southern California, Alan grew up in the Inland Empire and attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, earning a degree in Environmental Biology.
“After graduating, I spent time traveling and working in agriculture and landscaping for a few years,” said Alan. “When I came back to southern California, I found IRC and knew it was a great opportunity to do the kind of work I want to do in an awesome environment.”
On July 13, Irvine Ranch Conservancy joined the City of Newport Beach, Newport Bay Conservancy and Defend the Bay at an unveiling ceremony in honor of the Big Canyon Restoration Project at Big Canyon Nature Park located in Upper Newport Bay.
The ceremony was dedicated to the 17-acre restoration project that removed a large infestation of the invasive Brazilian Pepper Trees within Big Canyon Nature Park. During the ceremony, a boulder monument was unveiled with a plaque commemorating the success of the restoration project.
Summer’s longer days and warm sunshine allows nature lovers to spend more time on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Whether you’re looking to beat the summer heat or take a break from spending too much time indoors, hikers can enjoy Orange County’s native wildlands as the sun starts to set with evening activities on the Landmarks.
Taking place every Thursday, the Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road provides an easy hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as participants make their way along the paved Hicks Haul Road. The guided hike travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back.
Explore the rich plant life and flowing creek in the coastal canyon of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve during the Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike on August 3 and 24. Hikers will make their way through the natural oasis while traveling along San Joaquin Hills Road and down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back on the Buck Gully Trail.
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.