scenic

World class view

This is the view that people come from all over the world to see for themselves and it's right in our back yard.

It's For The Birds

Black phoebes are small, black flycatchers with white bellies that feed on insects along Rodeo Creek and above the grasslands of Fernandez Ranch.  Look for songbirds wearing tuxedos and wagging their tails while perched on fence posts.  If you are lucky, you will see one fly from its perch to catch a passing insect on the wing.

Take A Load Off

Alameda whipsnakes, or striped racers, have two lateral yellow stripes set against a black or dark brown back.  Though they can grow to more than three feet long, the elusive animals are difficult to spot.  Whipsnakes are fast, efficient hunters who capture and swallow lizards and small mammals whole.  Fernandez Ranch provides valuable habitat for these threatened snakes, found only in Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties.  The Whipsnake Trail travels through oak woodlands and open grasslands, which are among the whipsnake’s preferred habitats.