OCSCB is welcoming back students and the community with a walk and talk through UC Irvine's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. The reserve's Faculty Manager, Dr. Peter Bowler will guide us through the elevated paths of the reserve. Tuesday will be a unique opportunity to enjoy this quiet sanctuary during the soft light and cool breeze of an early autumn evening. The reserve represents the small fraction of wetland that used to cover much of Orange County's flood plain. Over 200 bird species have been sighted at the reserve and it is an important stopping place for 100 migratory birds. It is also home to two endagered bird species. The reserve is used by the University of California system for education and to facilitate research.This area is not open to the public and Tuesday will be an uncommon glimpse at the reserve and the broad research performed there. Dr. Bowler will be touching on many aspects of the marsh's ecology.
In addition to discovering this new and verdant part of Irvine, this event is a great opportunity to socialize with the OCSCB board, faculty and students of UC Irvine, and other conservation oriented individuals. All are welcome! Snacks will be provided. Bring water; we will be walking for about an hour and a half.
Please RSVP to [masked]. This event is free. We are planning on meeting at the UCI arboretum at 5:30pm on Tuesday Sept. 25th. If you are a UCI student, without a car, we can organize a carpool from campus. Include a request in your RSVP. Parking is not available at the arboretum, but permit parking is available at north campus lot 90 (http://arboretum.bio.uci.edu/Docs/ArboretumMap.pdf). Parking permits cost $2 per hour. If parking costs would otherwise keep you from coming, OCSCB can reimburse you the cost of the permit. From UCI – Main Campus: Go north-west on Campus Dr. across University Dr. Take the first left immediately after Carlson Ave. Take the first right and park in Lot 90 (permits available at kiosk). From 405- Exit Jamboree and head southwest on Jamboree. Turn Left onto Campus Dr. and take immediate Right into Arboretum. Take the first right and park in Lot 90 (permits available at kiosk).
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