The Chatsworth Nature Preserve (CNP) is a major City of Los Angeles open space preserve teeming with wildlife. More than 200 species of Birds
are on site including, Residents
: Greater Roadrunner, California Quail, woodpeckers, herons and egrets; Migrants
: Canada Goose, Western Meadowlark, Tricolored Blackbird, and sapsuckers as well as a variety of ducks and shorebirds; Raptors
: Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Long-eared Owl, and many others. There are notable Amphibians and Reptiles
: western spadefoot toad, slender salamander, western skink, ring-necked snake, red racer and much more. The fauna includes large and small Mammals
: desert cottontail rabbit, gray fox, coyote, raccoon, and occasional visits of bobcat, cougar and mule deer. Habitats
include oak woodlands and savanna, riparian areas, chaparral, grassland, and an Ecology Pond. The seasonal wetlands, and vernal pools, as well as portions of the grasslands and riparian areas are now under threat by a poorly conceived modification project.
Extended list of birds in the CNP
List of amphibians and reptiles in the CNP
Survey of vegetation in the CNP
Los Angeles Times photographs of the CNP
Ringed neck snake, great egret, black headed snake.
Photos by Sophia Wong