Nearly 6,000 acres of land represent critical habitats and two watersheds at the foot of Figueroa Mountain.
Vegetation on the Reserve represents a rare collection of the region’s most prized plant communities: coastal sage scrub, native grassland, chaparral, coast live and blue oak woodland, valley oak savannah, riparian habitat, gray pine forest, serpentine vegetation, vernal habitat, and agricultural cultivation.
The Sedgwick Reserve herbarium is housed onsite in the Tipton Meeting House. It contains 660 vouchered specimens representing 310 taxa collected on the reserve. For access, please contact reserve staff.
Each specimen in the onsite Sedgwick herbarium is also duplicated in the herbarium at the UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration; a number are included in the Consortium of California Herbaria database.
Sedgwick is home to a great diversity of wildlife. Larger mammals (many pictured at water troughs via hidden cameras) include the American black bear, mountain lion, coyote, grey fox, mule deer and badger. Smaller mammals, such as ground squirrels, big-eared woodrats and shrews are also numerous, as are reptiles (including rattlesnakes!)
Birding enthusiasts enjoy dozens of species, from the soaring golden eagles and red-tailed hawks to the noisy acorn woodpeckers and the numerous waterbirds at The Pond. And don’t forget the often overlooked but certainly important insect and spider communities, whether gall wasps, harvester ants or tarantulas.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Sedgwick Reserve
Birds of Sedgwick Reserve
Mammals of Sedgwick Reserve
Sedgwick Beetle Inventory
Moths - Grinter SCAN database of Sedgwick Lepidoptera (800 records, 178 identified species)