Terrestrial Resources

Clockwise: Bumble bee in California poppy, Western fence lizard, long-tailed weasel, fern, white-tailed kite, coyote. NPS Photos (Anthony Bevilacqua)

A tremendous amount of terrestrial resources can be found in Coastal Southern California national parks. The parks protects one the largest examples of the unique Mediterranean-type vegetation, such as chaparral and coastal sage scrub, as well as a variety of other vegetation types including grasslands, valley oak savannas, and oak and riparian woodlands. The different vegetation types make up a number of habitats that are home to a variety of invertebrates, reptile and amphibians, birds, small mammals, and top-level carnivores, such as mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes.

Not to be forgotten, though, are the terrestrial resources that inhabit the Channel Islands. Though not high in species diversity as the mainland, the islands supports a diverse terrestrial flora, including many rare, relict, and endemic species, and a number of endemic fauna species such as the island fox, deer mouse and island night lizard to name a few, birds such as the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, and spotted skunks.

See the links below to learn more about some of the biological resources you may find in Coastal Southern California national parks.