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“Fun Place for wildlife lovers to go in Palo Alto” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center
2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA
650-329-2506
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Ranked #17 of 22 Attractions in Palo Alto
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“Fun Place for wildlife lovers to go in Palo Alto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

The Lucy Evans Nature Interpretive Center is a great place for young kids who love nature and adults who want to learn more about the wildlife and plants in this unique salt water marsh, especially if you want to see some rare animals.There is a rare salt water marsh bird there called the Clapper Rail, but you have to be very quiet to see it. Another rare animal there is the Salt Marsh Mouse, a small mouse that lives among the pickleweed. Pickleweed, another life form that thives in the salty mash used to be used by the Indians as food, and sometimes you can still buy it in Palo Alto, just dont try to pick your own, everything that is in the preserve stays in the preserve. There are many other more common Fauna in the preserve, too. Most of them are shorebirds, which makes this place fantastic for birdwatchers. Birdwatchers will also enjoy a non-native oriental pheasant (it might be an escaped pet) and a Burrowing Owl nest. There are many trails for bikers and walkers. Along these trails you may find jackrabbits and, if you stand/sit still for about 2 minutes in front of one of the little holes by the side of the trail, usually a vole will come out, and in the rare circumstance, a hawk or a kite will swoop down and whisk it away, then eat it. If you come in the right season (spring/summer) you might find many snakes by a boardwalk trail that they have there. In walking distance there is a duck pond, where you can feed the ducks. There is a very wide variety of ducks there, some that look pretty strange. Also in walking distance there is Shoreline park, a man made park that was built on top of an old landfill, which features a man made lake, where you can go boating. Overall, this place is fun for someone who loves wildlife.

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