The view from the Little Red Schoolhouse includes the large herd of Roosevelt Elk that make the meadow one of their grazing spots and the site of the mating rituals in September. The venerable bulls array their majesty in opposition to the young bulls. The cows graze placidly, keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings. At the end of the ritual, the young bulls end up standing alone or in small groups, as the great bulls assemble their harem of cows, and so, life goes on. Never approach the elk, as they are wild, large, surprisingly fast and unpredictable.
Much of the wildlife around Orick is illusive, and they announce their presence only to those with patient powers of observation. In addition to the many herds of elk that you may see in the area, there are black bear, which are seldom seen, a species of tiny deer that blends with their background so well that only the greatest attention reveals them. Many raccoons, possums, skunks and other forest dwellers, including fox, marten, and otter, make the area their own. Driving the north coast highways is a heady pleasure as long as one keeps a watchful eye out for the unexpected four-legged traveler.
Birds of all species are readily observable. There are pairs of Bald Eagles that inhabit the tallest trees in the redwood forest. Hawks, falcons, ravens keep the skies alive with movement, as well as the geese and ducks that migrate yearly. Brown Pelicans fly in flocks, splashing in Redwood Creek as they fish and bathe. Songbirds fill the trees and brush and if you listen, their songs call and answer from dawn to dusk.
The seasonal migration of gray whales and orca (killer) whales fascinates watchers. Cows commonly bring calves in to play in shallow water, while the huge bulls keep to the deep, all the while calling back and forth. Dolphins cruise offshore and may be seen. Sea lions and seals in large groups can be observed sleeping on the beaches and fishing the waters of Redwood Creek when salmon fingerlings are present.