Big Sur Vegetation
The Big Sur coastline offers a wide range of vegetation and wildlife. Learn about Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Condors, Monarks, Whales, Redwoods, Oak, Chaparral and more.
major vegetation types (chaparral, oak and pine woodlands, riparian
woodlands, redwood and tanbark-oak woodlands, and coast brush)
can be distinguished in the Big Sur area, with different plants
and animals specializing in each habitat.
relatively undisturbed by man, a plethora of mammals, birds,
reptiles and amphibians call the area home. Consult a good field
guide for a complete listing.
Big Sur Wildlife
Several bats, myotis, rabbits, ground squirrels, mice, coyotes,
ringtails, badgers, spotted and striped skunks, mountain lions,
bobcats, mule deer, gray fox, wild boar (introduced from Europe),
shrews, woodrats, raccoons, gophers, weasels.
Many hawks, eagles, condors, kestrels, pigeons, mourning doves,
owls, flickers, woodpeckers, swallows, jays, ravens, bluebirds,
warblers, grosbeaks, kingfishers, flycatchers, nuthatches, dippers,
thrushes, viereos, orioles, goldfinches.
Lizards, whiptails and snakes, including gopher snakes, common
kingsnakes, western rattlesnakes, garter snakes, rubber boas.
Arboreal salamander, California newt, western toad.
LIFE The ocean off the coast of Big Sur is designated a Marine
Sanctuary and Sea Otter Refuge. The kelp beds, offshore rockes
and waters are home to an abundant marine ecosystem that is nourished
by the cool and nutrient-filled California current. Sea lions,
harbor seals, elephant seals, whales, sea otters, and sharks can
be spotted off the rocky coastline. Many varieties of sea birds
and waterfowl also call it home, including seagulls, cormorants,
willets, sandpipers, oystercatchers, guillemots and many others.
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