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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
+1 949-261-7963
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A piece of nature not so far from downtown

This place is within the city but having water bodies to be a natural place for a wide variety of... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Pune, India
Superb Reserve, Excellent Facilities, Good Shop.

My wife and I have just completed a 2 week Bird Watching tour of California. We visited this... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Tain, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“water birds” (4 reviews)
“great birding” (3 reviews)
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5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
+1 949-261-7963
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This place is within the city but having water bodies to be a natural place for a wide variety of birds, mainly water birds. One must be there early morning to get a good view. Although it is called a wildlife sanctuary but there are...More

Thank Royadip
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have just completed a 2 week Bird Watching tour of California. We visited this reserve twice during the final 2 day’s of our tour. What a superb, well maintained reserve. Several Pools holding a number of different species each with a...More

1  Thank Highland-Birder
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Fantastic place for the avian photographer. Go early in the morning and enjoy this bird sanctuary set all around ponds.

Thank VillageVoyager
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

1  Thank KasStL
Reviewed 21 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

1  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

2  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

2  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

4  Thank surferdoc
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