Saving a Rare California Ecosystem

Goodbye development, hello nesting eagles in California grassland!

Bald Eagles Find a Unique Home in San Diego County

A pair of bald eagles recently nested in the Ramona Grasslands in southern California's San Diego County. These eagles are the second pair to nest in the county in the past 80 years. The Ramona nest is another encouraging sign for a species that was once on the endangered species list. 

"To have them nesting here was completely unexpected. Nobody anticipated having nesting bald eagles as part of the conservation success here in the Ramona Grasslands," said Zach Principe of The Nature Conservancy.

Read the full article from KPBS and watch a video on the eagles' return 

A Threatened Landscape 

California has lost a staggering 90 percent of its native grasslands, and plans were in place to carve up more than 1,000 acres of the Ramona Grasslands, a rare jewel in America’s crown of great natural spaces. Thankfully The Nature Conservancy conserved this natural California landscape. From its 70 miles of scenic beaches to its majestic mile-high mountains, bucolic grasslands and deserts abloom with wildflowers, both wildlife and people enjoy and depend upon the assets of this terrain. 

The Nature Conservancy and its partners have protected at least 4,000 acres of the Ramona Grasslands, one of southern California’s last remaining stretches of native grasslands. This classically Mediterranean valley, home to a wildly diverse group of animals including bobcats, golden eagles and the endangered Stephen's kangaroo rat. The preserve encompasses the Santa Maria Creek, part of San Diego’s drinking water source.

 

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