Monitoring and research allows IRC to make informed management decisions, measure outcomes, and adjust our approach over time to ensure success. IRC partners with a
variety of research institutions and organizations to study the landscape and understand the factors driving changes –both desirable and undesirable.
An IRC-led project in the Shoestring Canyon area of OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve improves habitat quality and creates breeding ponds for threatened western spadefoot toads. In 2023, IRC staff and volunteers monitoring the ponds found hundreds of tadpoles and more than 5,000 toads in and around the restored ponds. Just a few years earlier, there was no evidence of spadefoot toads in the area. Ongoing monitoring and research will continue to enhance the survival of this threatened species.
- Recorded more than 5,000 threatened spadefoot toads and hundreds of tadpoles at newly created breeding ponds in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.
- Operated 79 remote wildlife monitoring and surveillance cameras, adding 13,713 new wildlife records to IRC’s long-term database. Over 1,132,000 total images were processed.
Check out the full 2023 Annual Report here.