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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: (949) 261-7963
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6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Great bird watching!

My husband and I come here often. It's a great place for a walk and/or bird watching. The interactive center is a wonderful place for kids to learn about birding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet E
Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I come here often. It's a great place for a walk and/or bird watching. The interactive center is a wonderful place for kids to learn about birding.

Thank Janet E
Irvine, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place in Irvine to view and photograph birds. There are quite a few ponds spread out over sanctuary, so you can definitely do some walking. The local Audubon society hold events here as well.

Thank BrianVogel
Noida, India
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118 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here is water reclamaton bond. Birds are attarcted here. We went in the evening, didn't find any bird. Perhaps timings were wrong.

Thank guptaashok_0511
New York
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76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The water reclamation ponds here attract a large variety of birds. It's a great place to observe birds and a good place for an afternoon walk. A few unusual species can be seen here as well. We've visited dozens of times in the past decade and once we even encountered a bobcat.

Thank GuavaMike
North Tustin, CA
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The San Joaquin sanctuary sits on Newport Back Bay surrounded by urban development. But the site is so well situated that a visit is like a trip to the wilderness. I don't remember hearing much traffic noise and certainly the sanctuary was not crowded. A perfect place to see western sea birds and others, plus lizards, snakes,all kinds of nature.... More 

Thank Lois C
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wow! I got up early and went exploring here. I saw so many migrating birds, rabbits, and photographers! It was fantastic and wish I had had time to return. Fabulous place. Nice flat trails with so many bird ponds.

1 Thank Carla D
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visited during the mid of day. The place is under construction, many trails closed, the whole place is construction site, very dusty and dirty. It says the project will be finished by 2016.

2 Thank Kylie G
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

1 Thank Jeffrey H
Manila, Philippines
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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 

Thank Cynthia K
Santa Ana, California
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37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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