Common wildlife sightings throughout the watershed include urban species such as the striped skunk, opossum, raccoon, and cottontail rabbit. However, other more elusive species also occupy our watershed but are rarely observed. These species include coyote, mule deer, bobcat, and even mountain lions. One way that their presence is confirmed is through the tracking efforts of groups such as the San Diego Tracking Team , who look for distinctive signs the animals leave behind through tracks and scat.
A wide variety of birds can be found throughout the watershed, ranging from salt marsh birds such as Great Blue Herons to predators such as the red-shouldered hawk. Several endangered birds make their homes in the watershed, including the Light-Footed Clapper Rail, California Least Tern and the Least Bell’s Vireo.
For a more complete list of wildlife found in the watershed, see page 3-13 of the Rose Creek Watershed Opportunities Assessment