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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

#5 of 47 things to do in Irvine Features Animals
5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
+1 949-261-7963
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Peaceful but posted information need updating.

This is a hidden gem but I spent a lot of time looking for access to the pond area from the... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
Amazing birding, amazing volunteers

What a relaxing breath of fresh air from the fast-paced LA/Orange County life. Many thanks to... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Jacqueline R
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5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
+1 949-261-7963
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

This is a hidden gem but I spent a lot of time looking for access to the pond area from the Riparian View entry. The path to the pond area is closed for the foreseeable future due to renovations and other local construction. There are...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

What a relaxing breath of fresh air from the fast-paced LA/Orange County life. Many thanks to volunteer Doug, who was extremely knowledgeable and kind and helped my husband find a whole bunch of new birds. I meanwhile enjoyed their nice Audubon store and relaxed at...More

Thank Jacqueline R
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is a water treatment plant that has become a great birding sight, especially in the spring. A wide variety of birds, in their breeding plumage, can be easily viewed and photographed in a setting that easily navigable, with flat paths that surround a number...More

1  Thank ebdb627
Reviewed 11 April 2017

So peaceful to walk along the groomed trail and look for birds! The best time for sightings is early AM and late afternoon. I live near the sanctuary and can walk there. There are multiple nesting heron pairs in the local trees and the spring...More

1  Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

When I went here I was able to get many amazing pictures of many different water birds as well as some ospreys and a Merlin falcon. I also got some pictures of some Anna’s Hummingbirds.

1  Thank IsabelDumaine
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Timing and luck is everything here if you're a birder. Which may be a small matter if you're a local, but if you've traveled a great distance, I don't know if coming here would be worth it. Sometimes the place is dead, with very little...More

1  Thank 0garibaldi0
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I recently enjoyed a relaxing and beautiful walk around the 300-acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The day was just right: not too warm, and not too cold, with patchy sunshine and a slight breeze. If you want to sit down, there are plenty of benches...More

2  Thank surferdoc
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I live nearby and drive by all the time. I've also walked through. Very peaceful with lots of natural trails, wildlife, just nice in the middle of a city.

Thank leegL878WL
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A few kind of birds,but l like! I think better is go there on the morning and walking around the pond watching the birds.

Thank David Z
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is a pleasant surprise, right near UCI. It is a great walk with plenty of benches to sit and watch the birds or just read a book. Anyone that wants to take a break I would truly recommend taking a moment to check it...More

1  Thank Kecia H
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