2013 Fire Restirctions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the public notice or call 805-370-2301. More »
Update on Park Closures
All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.
Male Anna's Hummingbird by John Emerson
From oak woodlands to grassland savannas to the coastal shore, the many diverse habitats of the Santa Monica Mountains support a wide variety of resident and migrating birds. More than 380 species - nearly half the North American total - can be seen year-round including shorebirds, songbirds, woodpeckers, and raptors. At Malibu Lagoon alone, more than 250 species have been recorded. Of all the species found in the recreation area, about one-third reside and breed here.
Migration is an especially amazing time, when literally millions of birds pass through or settle in for the season. Large populations come and go, following the food sources that suit their breed along the Pacific Flyway. The region's Mediterranean weather make the mountains and coastline the perfect place for seasonal stopovers.
Download a bird checklist here.
Birders (or birdwatchers) also flock to the Santa Monica Mountains in search of our many specialties and vagrants.
Five Audubon chapters have regular walks at public parklands in the mountains and seashore - see the listings here for local contacts.
Did You Know?
Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).