| Wildflowers in full bloom in AV Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildflowers are in full bloom at the George R. Bones Wildlife Sanctuary in the Antelope Valley, which is one of 16 wildlife sanctuaries owned and operated by Los Angeles County.

Olivia Miseroy of LA County Parks and Recreation reported that a variety of wildflowers are in full bloom.

Some of the wildflowers currently in bloom include purple phacelia and yellow dandelions from the desert or California goldfields.

“We currently have at least 18 varieties of wildflowers blooming in the sanctuary this year,” Miseroy said. “It’s not what we would call a super bloom but it’s still impressive.”

Miseroy said a forest fire burned through the sanctuary in August 2020. Most of the shrubs and larger plants were consumed in the fire, which gave the wildflowers, especially the lacy phacelia, less competition for water and sunlight.

“The lacy phacelia have really taken off and are much larger than what we’ve seen in the past,” she said.

Miseroy said the sanctuary provides important resources for mule deer, cougars, bobcats, badgers, coyotes and other small animals in the area.

The sanctuary also attracts birds like skylarks, cactus wrens, lark sparrows and prairie hawks.

Do not trample the flowers and tread carefully on established paths when visiting the shrine. Bring water and wear sunscreen. Beware of rattlesnakes hiding under plants and flowers. Picking flowers is prohibited.

George R. Bones Wildlife Sanctuary, commonly referred to as Desert Pines Sanctuary, is a small 99-acre preserve located in the far northwest corner of Los Angeles County. This beautiful sanctuary is located on the edge of the Mojave Desert, immediately north of the Liebre Mountains and several miles west of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. Its distinctive jack pines, Joshua trees and diverse flora make it a beautiful and untouched natural wonder. it opened in 1967.

George R. Bones Wildlife Sanctuary
Intersection West Avenue G & 205th Street West, Antelope Valley Freeway, Quartz Hill, CA 93536. It may be necessary to take a dirt road to access the sanctuary.

For more information, visit Bones Wildlife Sanctuary.

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