Wilder Ranch | MARINe

Wilder Ranch

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Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings

Wilder Ranch is located in the Central Coast region of California, within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This site is located within the Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve and Wilder Ranch State Park. This site receives low visitation by tidepoolers. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Wilder Ranch biodiversity survey overview

Wilder Ranch is dominated by consolidated mudstone, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated mudstone and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is south.

Wilder Ranch long-term monitoring overview

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Wilder Ranch were established in 2007 and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.

Biodiversity Surveys were done in 2007. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 20 meters (along shore) x 20 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

This site is also regularly surveyed by LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) which is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. You can access site specific data from this citizen scientist and educational broad scale trend monitoring program.

For more information about Wilder Ranch, please contact Pete Raimondi (raimondi@ucsc.edu).