Explore a canyon sanctuary
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the rustic community of Modjeska Canyon. It is a 12-acre preserve secreted away near the “end of the road”. Its rural location gives visitors a chance to get away from the everyday and have a close look at life in the canyon.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) is owned and managed by California State University Fullerton, so in addition to being a wildlife sanctuary that’s open to the public, it is also used as a research center. It is a great place to become acquainted with Orange County’s canyon habitat. The oak-studded hillside intermixes with the vegetation of the local scrublands creating a habitat rich with birds and other wildlife. The bucolic setting gives visitors a tranquil place to observe surroundings far from the conventional places and things typically seen in Orange County.
Since TWS is located along the banks of Santiago Creek, winter and early spring are great times to visit. The weather is cooler and water is often flowing in the seasonal creek, which creates a dynamic riparian habitat. The lucky few might even see a mule deer, coyote or bobcat coming down from the hills for a drink from the creek.
The small interpretive center has interesting information about the local plants and animals. One of the most popular features at Tucker is the “Bird Porch”. This enclosed observation area provides a place for an up-close look at the many native and migrant birds that are seen in the canyon. The numerous birds are not captive, but congregate at the feeding stations which are situated just a few feet away from the Porch. Birders from all over come here just to relax and observe hummingbirds, jays, woodpeckers and many different songbirds.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon, CA 92676 - (714) 649-2760