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Santa Monica Mountains visitors will see a wide variety of plants in the mountains, including many trees: valley oaks, coast live oaks, California black walnuts, and chaparral flowering ash. Cottonwoods, sycamore and mule fat line the stream channel. Spring is an excellent time to see wildflowers: purple sage, California everlasting, virgin's bower, wild rose, chocolate lily (on Towsley View loop trail), lupine, blue larkspur, yellow mariposa lily, and more! Watch for poison oak--red in fall, lush green growth in the spring and summer--all parts, roots and dormant branches included, are toxic.

 

Natural Resources

Animals

Mule deer
California ground squirrel
Bobcat
Mountain lion
Gray fox
Cottontail rabbit
Striped skunk
Raccoon
Ringtail cat
Badger
Rodents
Gopher
Opossum
Coyote
California black bear
Birds
Redtail hawk
Red shouldered hawk
Black-Shouldered Kite
Raven
Acorn woodpecker
Barn owl
Burrowing owl
Great horned owl
California quail
Turkey vulture
Golden Eagle
Hummingbirds
Flickers
Thrashers
Wrens
Scrub jay
Kestrel
Reptiles
Common kingsnake
Gopher snake
Racer
Alligator lizard
Pacific rattlesnake
Garter snake
Skink
Bluebelly lizard
Western Coachwhip snake

 

 

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