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Nature at The Sea Ranch

Amenity Description
Animals (wild and domestic) Bobcats, deer, dolphins, foxes, frogs, mountain lions, raccoons, rabbits, seals, skunks, turkeys, whales--and sheep and goats. Not to mention dogs, who enjoy their own dog park.
Birds

Birds on Walk-On Beach, photo copyright Bonnie Plakos

Our active birding community conducts an annual Christmas bird count and helps us maintain a list of birds sighted on The Sea Ranch.

In addition, Sea Ranchers participated in monitoring the impact of fireworks on nearby colonies of seabirds. The report on this monitoring is on California Coastal National Monument, a state website (at the bottom of the page).

California Coastal National Monument

A line of rocks off the Sea Ranch, photo copyright Alex Long
The California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) is administered by the Bureau of Land Management to protect the geologic formations of the islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles which provide unique habitat for biota, the vegetation that covers the formations and the forage as well as breeding habitats for birds and mammals. The Association is a steward of the portion of the CCNM which lies off The Sea Reach coastline.
Geology
Muffin in rocks and cave on The Sea Ranch. Photo copyright Anne Long
Local experts regularly lead geology hikes on The Sea Ranch. The San Andreas Fault Interpretative Trail (uphill from the Hot Spot) enables hikers to understand signs of the last large earthquake. Click here for more about earthquakes on The Sea Ranch. For more in-depth discussion of our vulnerability, see the earthquake section in the Comprehensive Environmental Plan.
Interpretive Trails There are four interpretive trails with brochures describing historic and natural features on TSR: the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail, the Monarch Glen Interpretive Trail, Reading Our Seascape, and the Sag Pond Interpretive Guide. Brochures for all except the Sag Pond Interpretive Guide are available in wooden boxes at each trail; all are available from the Association Office.
Gualala River Watershed Visit this website maintained by the EPA to learn more about the Gualala River Watershed and the citizen-based groups working to restore it.
Marine Preserves
Starfish. Photo copyright Jeanne Gadol

The Del Mar Landing State Marine Reserve is located between the Fish Rock and Solstice Hedgerows. No marine life of any kind may be taken with the bounds of this reserve. Taking of all species are prohibited, including finfish.

The Sea Ranch Association Marine Preserves are located at Unit 28 at south end of Walk-On Beach and Unit 18 at the north end of Green Cove Drive. These are educational preserves. Their use is in accord with DFG regulations. Please avoid disturbing or taking of marine life in these preserves.

Del Mar Landing State Marine Reserve and California's Underwater Parks

Plants

Despite its rough history as a logging site and sheep ranch, The Sea Ranch hosts an astonishing array of plants.

Hike the Monarch Glen Interpretative Trail to learn about many of our native trees and bushes.

The Association office and local bookstores offer a book on wildflowers. Local experts regularly lead wildflower hikes.

Sea Ranch owners may follow these links for more information:

Seasonal Calendar

The Sea Ranch Seasonal Calendar is a reference for The Sea Ranch Association members and the coastal community. The objective is to post a fun nature guide, providing information on some of the animal and plant species can be seen around the "Mendonoma" area, and in what seasons they are seen.
Surf Forecast and Surf Report
for Sea Ranch, California
Detailed Surf Forecast and Surf Report for Sea Ranch, California including top quality forecast resources.
Stars The dark skies over The Sea Ranch offer amazing opportunities for stargazing. Bundle up warm and enjoy some time outside with minimal light and air pollution. The Spaceweather site is a good place to check for upcoming celestial events, including flyovers of the International Space Station and other satellites. Enter the Sea Ranch zip code at http://spaceweather.com/flybys/.

Wildlife Disturbances

Wildlife monitors volunteering with the Stewardship Task Force for the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) have been reporting human-caused disturbances to seabirds and marine mammals to the Seabird Protection Network. The Stewardship Task Force encourages anyone who witnesses such a disturbance to fill out a wildlife disturbance form and submit it. The form, with instructions on how to fill it out and submit it, can be found here. When you fill out the form, please also mail the form locally to Diane Hichwa and Barbara Rice. Gathering a record of what causes wildlife to go on alert or to flush is important for protection and for planning.

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