Wildlife

The magnificent 250,000-acre stretch of native grassland in southern California is the remnants of what was once the entirety of the San Joaquin valley. With an abundance of rare wildlife species, it’s considered comparable to the African Serengeti (Nature Conservancy 2016). Being the salvage of our once spectacular grasslands, the Carrizo Plain draws in wildlife watchers from around the globe.

The Carrizo Plain harbors a coalescence of the most rare plants and animals found throughout California. The majestic plain is home and last refuge for the kit fox, antelope squirrel, burrowing owl, giant kangaroo rat, and blunt nosed leopard lizard.


In the winter months, when Soda lake has sufficient water to sustain the species, the Carrizo plains are home to a variety of birds of prey. These birds include Ferruginous Hawks, red tailed hawks, rough legged hawks, and the prairie falcon (Watchable Wildlife, 2015)

Viewing Seasons

Winter raptors are best seen in the months between October and February.

Water fowl are seen best wet winters grace the southlands of california.

Snakes, lizards, roadrunners, and coyotes can be seen year round grazing the grasslands. (Watchable Wildlife, 2015)