What's New at the Poppy Reserve

New: Cell Phone Tour


“Wildflower bloom update April 4: The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is in full bloom, with poppies and other wildflowers all across the park. The peak should last through at least the next week, and we expect to have flowers continuing to bloom into May.

For regular bloom updates, visit our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/PoppyReserve, our website www.parks.ca.gov/PoppyReserve, Twitter @PoppyReserve, or call our Wildflower Hotline at (661) 724-1180.

Please remember, the following is prohibited for the protection of the habitat: walking off trail, dogs, bikes on trails, and drones.  We have a moratorium on commercial filming/photography for the season. Food is only allowed in the picnic area; there is no food available for purchase at the park. Bring water and sun protection!  

The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is open daily through Mother’s Day (May 12).”

Wildflower Watching for Spring 2019

As of February 18, 2019, the Poppy Reserve had received rain amounts similar to 2017. In 2017, on February 18, the season total was 10.09. Two years later the total is ahead of 2017 at 10.97 inches. The total for the rainy season in 2017 at the Poppy Reserve ultimately was 10.34 inches. (The rainy season starts over every year in October) 2017 was not a “super bloom” at the Poppy Reserve but a good bloom that brought thousands of visitors and daunting lines for entry, purchases in the gift shop and even to use a bathroom! Will we have another good bloom in 2019? Of course only time will tell but certainly it is trending in that direction.

With that in mind, we have some recommendations for flower watchers to make your spring 2019 wildflower trips  to the Antelope Valley and areas nearby as enjoyable and peaceful as possible!


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May 2, 2018

Thank you to volunteer Bob for this photo! We believe that this is a "dark phase" Swainson's hawk. There have been numerous sightings of these hawks on the Poppy Reserve's eastside and adjacent areas of the Antelope Valley. Photo was taken on May 2. You can see more photos and read about these endangered hawks here: 
A pair of loggerhead shrikes were foraging on the Reserve on opening day, March 1, 2018.  Read more about these skilled hunters and other birds found at the Poppy Reserve by using these links from  All About Birds:

 Birds of the Poppy Reserve
Loggerhead Shrikes
Horned Larks
Western Meadowlarks
White-Crowned Sparrow
Burrowing Owls
Turkey Vultures

Foraging nearby in the Tehachapi Mountains
A flock of turkey vultures were foraging at the Poppy Reserve also. Other similar birds that are seen there include golden eagles. California condors are slowly expanding their range and have been spotted in the adjacent mountains, so keep looking up, you may be the first person to spot one gliding over the Poppy Reserve! Sharing this graphic to help with identification. Read more about turkey vultures, golden eagles and condors by using the links to ALL ABOUT BIRDS to the left.