June 23 · 8:30 AM
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OK folks, it's time for another hike at the Sanctuary with hopefully more interesting sights to see along the way.
We will head back to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a beautiful area tucked away right in the middle of Irvine, with lots to see and appreciate. There are 13 miles worth or trails in the sanctuary, and we will decide which routes to take once we are there (we won't do all 13 miles). The trails through the sanctuary are all nice and flat, and we typically cover about 4.5 miles here.
With over 50 different bird types counted, along with a variety of reptiles and animals, there could be a great chance for some excellent photos along the way. How many of the following exotic species do you think we can find? And how many did we see last time?
__ From the San Diego Freeway (405), exit on Jamboree toward Newport Beach. At the 1st signal (which is Michelson), turn left. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard and turn right. Drive to University & turn right. Drive to Campus & turn right. Stay in far right lane and immediately turn right onto Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (There is a dark green sign by the turnoff identifying this as the route into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.) At the end of the road, you will make a sharp left turn down a steep driveway and into the parking lot. The 1st building you will see will be Audubon House; the Duck Club is adjacent to Audubon House. Beyond this area are the ponds and marsh mitigation areas of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary which are open every day from dawn to dusk. . . . (If you miss the turn on to Riparian View, and reach Carlson, which is the next signal, just turn right and go around the block again to Harvard.)
PLEASE NOTE - YOU MUST ACCESS RIPARIAN FROM THE CAMPUS DRIVE SIDE.
Pets are not allowed, as typical for a wildlife reserve.
Make sure you bring water, and whatever you choose for sun protection.
Get Out There, Orange County...and explore the areas you drive by every day.