The Crestridge Ecological Reserve is approximately a 2,800 acre property that preserves the north-south linkage connecting the Lakeside Ecological Reserve to San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Vegetation types include Diegan coastal sage scrub, southern mixed chaparral, mixed coast live and Engelmann oak woodlands, grasslands, and riparian. Two rare plant species that are known from the Reserve are Lakeside ceanothus and San Diego thornmint. The Reserve includes breeding and feeding habitat for golden eagles, owls, white-tailed kites, Cooper’s hawks and numerous other raptors. In addition, species such as bats, deer, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes occur in the area. Insects include Hermes copper butterfly and Harbison's dun skipper. See species lists below.
For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.