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Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: (949) 261-7963
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American Avocets So Close!

I was in southern California recently (March) and had a little time before my flight home so I decided to check out this place very close to the John Wayne Airport. I was amazed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Jeffrey H
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I was in southern California recently (March) and had a little time before my flight home so I decided to check out this place very close to the John Wayne Airport. I was amazed as soon as I drove into the parking lot at how close the American Avocets were to the photographers already there. Unfortunately I did not get... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is a very good place for birdwatchers and bird photographers to see birds. Entrance is free. There are ponds where waders are so close and easy to photograph. At the first pond we visited, we came upon hummingbirds, avocets, teals, herons, sandpipers, coots and kildeer. We took a hike along the trails and found some more birds, including an... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been using this sanctuary in Irvine to train with backpacks, boots and other hiking gear for our upcoming thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. It is flat, about 2.5 miles around, and we enjoy the birds, especially the beautiful cranes and the pelicans. A few years ago we did see a mountain lyon from a distance, but have... More 

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California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had no idea this Sanctuary was in the middle of Irvine! We came tonight for the Bat Walk program and it was great ($18 each for adults, less for children). Biologist Stephanie and the volunteer guides gave a great presentation on bats, followed by an evening walk where we saw numerous bats flying around. It was a great experience.... More 

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Irvine, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you enjoy bird viewing or photography, then this is great place to visit in Southern California. It doesn't have a lot for those who are not very interested in birds.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is really a reservoir. It occupies a prime piece of land and holds reserve water that the Irvine Water District does not have to tap. So, with a little magic, the water company turned it into a wildlife sanctuary, hiking trail, and park. It's minimal - a small visitors' center, restrooms, pamphlets, and lots of gravel paths. What you... More 

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Tustin, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you come here, there isn't much to do besides the bird-watching trails, which gets old really fast and are pretty lame, so don't come here.

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Irvine, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I go quite often to what is called the "Marsh Campus" of the Irvine Ranch Water District. The trails start off from there, so you can walk through trees and some meadows to see the birds. In the campus itself, you can visit the headquarters of the Audubon Club, which has displays and some gifts. It's in a beautifully restored... More 

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irvine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I used to love coming here to pick up some berries and for bird watching. For bird watchers, this place is still pretty good. Spectators can view a small variety of migrating birds during the nesting season: blue heron, snowy egrets and storks if they are lucky. However, due to construction, the place is not as inviting as it is... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around. It is not very special. Having grown up in the Bay Area, I'm used to a bit more nature. It is very dry here. Even though there are lakes, all the vegetation is dry. If you like birds this is the places to be. We encountered a couple different birds on our... More 

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