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Rancho Jamul ER - Focal Species & Habitats
Raptors are diverse and abundant at the Rancho Jamul ER due to the large, open grassland areas that provide foraging habitat. Raptors observed on the site include: Northern Harrierr, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, Golden Eagle, Burrowing Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk.
Other notable avian species that use the site include Grasshopper Sparrow, Least Bell's Vireo and California Gnatcatchers; notable herpetofauna include Coast Horned Lizard, Orange-throated Whiptail, Western Skink, Western Patch-nosed Snake, Two-striped Gartersnake, Red Diamond Rattlesnake and Western Spadefoot Toad; mammal species of interestinclude Southern Mule Deer, Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Coyote, Gray Fox and numerous small mammals and 12 species of bats.
Known butterflies on the site include the Quino Checkerspot and the Hermes Copper. Notable plants include coast live oaks, Otay tarplant and San Diego thornmint. Many of these species are both sensitive species and species covered by the MSCP and are monitored to observe overall area population trends.
Grassland for its value as raptor foraging area, as well as the value for numerous sensitive species; Coastal sage scrub for its value for numerous sensitive species, including California gnatcatcher; Willow-sycamore riparian for its value as nesting habitat for endangered species and raptors, and overall importance as a water source for most of the wildlife which occurs on the property.