hummingbird nest

Midpen open space preserves offer a great variety of environments, wildlife habitats, and plant life that be found. Click on a link below to find out more.



The diverse habitats of District preserves support a variety of breeding birds.


Coyotes are found in nearly every type of habitat in California from deserts to mountains, and from wild lands to urban areas.
mountain lion

Mountain Lions

About half of California is prime mountain lion country. These large, powerful predators have always lived here, preying on deer and other wildlife, and playing an important role in the ecosystem.
Purple owls clover

Plant Life

A great variety of environments, wildlife habitats, and plant life can be found in the open space preserves.

Reptiles & Amphibians

District lands are also home to many reptiles amphibians, including numerous types of snakes, frogs, and lizards.
red legged frog

Threatened & Endangered Species

Midpen preserves are home to over 90 rare species.
a field of purple flowers at Rancho San Antonio


Hundreds of wildflower species grow on Midpen preserves and bloom from early spring all the way through the later winter months.

Wildlife Safety

Midpen lands are home to a variety of wildlife. While we want you to enjoy the wildlife around the area, the following information is very important for your safety and for the well-being of the animals that live there.


November through March is migration and breeding season for the California newt, a native salamander species.
Western Destroying Angel


The multitude of fungi are on Midpen preserves are amazing, but some are deadly poisonous.
turtles basking on a log


Many Midpen preserves provide habitat for Northwestern pond turtles, a California species of special concern.