"The 60-acre UCI Ecological Preserve consists of several small hills and surrounding flatlands bearing remnants of coastal sage scrub flora and associated fauna. The Preserve is located on the campus and is set aside for teaching, research, and use by the campus community. Additional information is available from the Office of Natural Reserves; telephone (949) 824-6031. Publications and species lists are available at http://nrs.ucop.edu/"
2007-08 UCI General Catalogue, p. 10

"The Preserve is primarily a westerly facing slope of the San Joaquin Hills, and about 25 acres (10 hectares) are Venturan-Diegan transitional coastal sage scrub, with the other 37 acres (15.4 hectares) being grassland.... The Preserve is the northernmost fragment of the San Joaquin Hills, and the four hills on the Preserve range from 22 to 44 degrees in slope, with a maximum elevation of 346.5 ft. (105 m) above sea level."
Vascular Plants of the University of California, Irvine Ecological Preserve, Bowler & Bramlet

Photos copyright © 2008-2013 Kat Avila
Cameras: Canon SD1000, Canon SX210 IS (2013)
Notes: Many of these photos were taken throughout the month of August 2008 and early September 2008 during a midday lunch break. The weather was hot, with occasional breezes.
Environment: Rustling of dry grasses as the wind passes over and through them…the occasional kitten-like mewing of a California gnatcatcher.
General Landscape
off-preserve field
an undeveloped field
along Health Sciences Road
near the preserve
2008.8.1
sign
Broadcom entrance
2008.8.7
entrance
2008.8.7
trail
looking up toward
UCI faculty/staff housing
2008.8.7
trail
looking down
toward Broadcom
2008.8.7
trail
lined with mustard plants
2008.8.7
dried-up shrub
dried-up shrub with
low twisting branches
2008.8.7
prickly pear and shrub
2008.8.7
cracked mud trail
cracked trail
2008.8.12
field
2008.8.12
shrubs
2008.8.12
trail
2008.8.12
bike rider
bike rider in the distance
2008.8.12
landscape
2008.8.13
blue sky with clouds
2008.8.13
white feather
A number of small feathers
were in the area.
2008.8.13
field
2008.8.14
ecological reserve sign
2008.8.14
animal scat
2008.8.15
field
2008.8.15
field
looking toward UCI
2008.8.15
next to the 73 toll road
next to the 73 toll road
2008.8.15
sagebrush lizard
sagebrush lizard
Sceloporus graciosus
IGUANA FAMILY

(or could be a
Western fence lizard)
2008.8.18
fence and field
2008.8.19
fence and field
2008.8.19
trail
2008.8.19
burrows
burrows
2008.8.26
benchmark benchmark
ORANGE COUNTY SURVEYOR
ROCK, RM 5, JAN 1976

Ensures a leveling rod could be
placed in the same position.
2008.8.26
field
2008.8.26
misc plant
2008.8.26
looking south toward the 73 toll road
looking south toward the
73 toll road (west side)
2008.8.28
coastal prickly pear
2008.8.28
tree
2008.8.29
field
2008.8.28
Russian thistle along trail
2008.8.29
field with coastal cholla
2008.8.29
field with coastal cholla
2008.8.29
field
2008.8.29
trail
2008.8.29
field with buckwheat shrubs
hills with buckwheat shrubs
2008.8.29
shrub
2008.9.2
lock
2008.9.2
shrub
2008.9.3
trail
2008.9.3
Panorama
panorama
northwest toward
Fashion Island Shopping
Center & Newport Beach
2008.8.7
panorama
2008.8.7
panorama
looking northward
at Broadcom Corp.
2008.8.7
panorama
2008.8.7
panorama
looking northeast toward UCI
2008.8.7
Milk Snail, Otala lactea
snails
2008.8.12
milk snail
2008.8.14
snail on a stick
snail on a stick
2008.8.14
snails on a stick
2008.8.19
snails on a stick
2008.8.19
Los Trancos Drive Entrance
Los Trancos Drive
looking eastward
at Los Trancos Dr.
& UCI faculty/staff housing
2008.8.7
octopus agave
octopus agave
Agave vilmoriniana
AGAVE FAMILY
(from NW Mexico)
2008.8.7
brown garden snails
brown garden snails
Helix aspersa
GASTROPOD CLASS

Entered Calif. in the 1850s
as food (Alden, 187).
2008.8.7
yellow flower
2008.8.7
Peruvian peppertree
Peruvian peppertree
Schinus molle
CASHEW FAMILY
2008.8.7