Tehachapi is rich territory for birdwatchers with a wide variety of habitat and more than 250 species to see. The Kern Audubon Society has a Tehachapi sub-chapter that sponsors events and has a helpful website that includes a downloadable local bird list and other resources: www.kastehachapibird.org.
Wildlife abound in the area with sightings of deer and small mammals fairly common. A herd of American Elk are commonly seen in the Cummings Valley, Bear Valley Springs and Stallion springs area. The local elk are descended from animals that were released on a couple of large local ranches in the 1970s.