California Audubon Starr Ranch
Located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, Starr Ranch Sanctuary is a 4,000 acre wildlife sanctuary owned by the National Audubon Society. Starr Ranch is bordered by Caspers Wilderness Park to the south and southeast, Cleveland National Forest to the north and east, and the communities of Coto de Caza and Dove Canyon to the west. There are five major vegetation types at Starr Ranch: coastal sage scrub, grassland, oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian woodland. The majority of riparian woodland at Starr Ranch Sanctuary is found along Bell Creek, which runs north to south through Starr Ranch, entering Starr Ranch from Cleveland National Forest and leaving through Casper’s Wilderness Park. Bell Creek eventually joins San Juan Creek, which then flows out to the Pacific Ocean.