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April 8, 1994 | ELAINE TASSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Instead of enjoying cake and ice cream, Arthur Ochoa spent his 11th birthday Thursday hiking through the mountains, tracking animals and smelling sage and wildflowers. He and 59 other fifth-graders from Glenn L. Martin Elementary School in Santa Ana visited the 1,200-acre Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy as part of the Junior Wildlife Biologist Program, which gives students hands-on exposure to wildlife biology. "There's a lot of interesting things that I haven't seen before," Ochoa said.
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November 29, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
If Gen. Gaspar de Portola and Father Junipero Serra miraculously reappeared in San Juan Capistrano, they wouldn't recognize much of the landscape, except perhaps a parcel several miles east of El Camino Real -- the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy. Not much has changed there since the 1700s. Mule deer still forage in the rugged hills for moist grass and tender buds. Mountain lions and bobcats roam through the stands of oak and thickets of coastal sage-scrub. Red-tailed hawks soar high above.
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July 20, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donna O'Neill, a conservationist and philanthropist who helped create one of Orange County's most pristine land preserves and was a leader of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, has died. She was 73. O'Neill, who had been diagnosed with cancer six months ago, died Thursday at the Ranch House on Rancho Mission Viejo. She spent much of her life at the 23,850-acre ranch, which her husband's family has owned since 1882. It is the largest working cattle ranch in Orange County.
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July 20, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donna O'Neill, a conservationist and philanthropist who helped create one of Orange County's most pristine land preserves and was a leader of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, has died. She was 73. O'Neill, who had been diagnosed with cancer six months ago, died Thursday at the Ranch House on Rancho Mission Viejo. She spent much of her life at the 23,850-acre ranch, which her husband's family has owned since 1882. It is the largest working cattle ranch in Orange County.
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December 13, 1998
Bird Feat--Both early birds and night owls can help with the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count, which gathers information on populations and migration. On Saturday, the South Coast Audubon Society will search 10 areas, including Camp Pendleton, San Juan Creek, Doheny State Beach, Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy. Everyone, from novices to experienced bird watchers, can participate.
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May 5, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jill Davison, the first director of the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, has resigned. Davison worked at the 2,500-acre wilderness park for more than three years and was responsible for starting programs that included guided nature walks, stargazing sessions and counts of butterfly and mushroom species. Davison said Friday she is moving near a wilderness preserve in southeastern Oregon, where she will start her own business as a bird guide.
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April 23, 1993
The drought-ending rains of winter had stirred new growth among the grasslands, chaparral and oaks of the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, giving visitors on Earth Day a glimpse more lush than anything seen in a decade.
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February 21, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
Youngsters and teachers visiting the 1,200-acre Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy couldn't get enough of nature last year, and many vowed to return soon. But none of the 35 classes that roamed the wildlife preserve in 1994 have made it back because of the chaos created in school budgets by the county's bankruptcy crisis. So, refusing to stand idle, the nonprofit group that runs the private wilderness park has started a school sponsorship program.
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February 15, 1998
Insect Lore--See how the preying mantis awaits its meal. Learn the friends and foes of aphids. The life cycles and habits of insects will be explored during a free talk and slide show Feb. 27 by Peter Bryant of the UC Irvine biology faculty. The program, presented by the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in room 210 of Saddleback College's Business/General Studies Center, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. On Feb.
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December 13, 1998
Bird Feat--Both early birds and night owls can help with the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count, which gathers information on populations and migration. On Saturday, the South Coast Audubon Society will search 10 areas, including Camp Pendleton, San Juan Creek, Doheny State Beach, Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy. Everyone, from novices to experienced bird watchers, can participate.
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May 12, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is the last large chunk of privately owned, undeveloped and unplanned land in the county, an island showing what Southern California looked like before the arrival of malls and freeways. It is home to the nation's largest population of a threatened songbird called the coastal California gnatcatcher as well as a bevy of other plants and animals that dwell in few other places on Earth. "There's nothing like it," conservation biology expert Dennis Murphy said. "It's that important."
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February 15, 1998
Insect Lore--See how the preying mantis awaits its meal. Learn the friends and foes of aphids. The life cycles and habits of insects will be explored during a free talk and slide show Feb. 27 by Peter Bryant of the UC Irvine biology faculty. The program, presented by the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in room 210 of Saddleback College's Business/General Studies Center, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. On Feb.
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November 30, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,200 acres of pristine land in the hills behind San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente are at the center of a dispute between environmentalists eager to protect the virtually unspoiled property and the powerful South County developer that controls its fate. Called the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, the land features 500-year-old oaks, rare natural grasslands and coastal sage scrub.
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November 29, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,200 acres of pristine land in the hills behind San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente are at the center of a dispute between environmentalists eager to protect the virtually unspoiled property and the powerful South County developer that controls its fate. Called the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, the land features 500-year-old oaks, rare natural grasslands and coastal sage scrub.
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May 3, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 1,300 acres of South County land will officially be set aside for an ecological preserve next week, the result of a Board of Supervisors vote Wednesday that cleared the way for creation of the county's largest private nature conservancy. The land is owned by members of the Richard O'Neill family, whose holdings include huge areas of South Orange County.
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May 5, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jill Davison, the first director of the Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, has resigned. Davison worked at the 2,500-acre wilderness park for more than three years and was responsible for starting programs that included guided nature walks, stargazing sessions and counts of butterfly and mushroom species. Davison said Friday she is moving near a wilderness preserve in southeastern Oregon, where she will start her own business as a bird guide.
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