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“Nice Marshes Too Close to Civilization” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #233 of 528 things to do in San Francisco
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ducks, grebes, geese and loons, sandpipers, plovers and terns - you're sure to catch sight of at least one of the 80 species of waterfowl that feed and frolic in this refuge.
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“Nice Marshes Too Close to Civilization”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Pros: Nice marshes and a nice view from the top of the hill. The marsh had a few birds in it.

Cons: Not much to see and a helicopter flying in scared away the few birds that were around.

Note: This is probably much better when it's migration season.

Visited July 2013
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Newark, California
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“Good Hiking, Great View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I live near Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, so I visit often. The weather is pretty good here in the SF Bay Area, so it's always been sunny, though often windy (it is near the bay). The hiking is good and the view is great. Don't have to walk far. Nice historic additions, too. It's near the Dumbarton Bridge and the, perhaps former, salt ponds. I recommend stopping and seeing it for yourself.

Visited August 2012
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North Bend, Oregon
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“A great wildlife refuge in an urban jungle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Bay Area of California can be extremely stressful, to say the least, for visitors and residents alike. Just at the foot of the southernmost trans-bay bridge, the Dumbarton, is a wonderful place to take a walk, observe wild flora and fauna, learn a bit about the ecology of the S.F. Bay, and chat with knowledgable Park officials and staff. The former visitor's center (up the hill) had wonderful exhibits, but due to overcrowding, the center is now in a small singlewide at the base of the hill. Still visit as the volunteers will be able to send you off in the right direction, depending on your interests. And the nature-related gifts and crafts are wonderful and well-made. If you have a lot of time, be sure to check their monthly calendar for lectures/classes/kids activities, etc. Whether the tide is in or out, the trails are safe for all ages. It can get windy so dress accordingly. P.S. My parents have been volunteering there for decades. Dad passed away in 2000, but Mom (aged 87) still mans the visitor's center once or twice a week so be nice, please. :-)

Visited March 2012
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Modesto, California
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“A great outing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2011

Visited here today with my husband. I have been a few times before in years past but not for several years. This refuge is a great place to see birds and get some exercise. There are a number of paths/trails that wind through this large refuge and people enjoy walking, jogging and biking. I noticed a number of families with children and the kids seemed to have a good time running around playing. The refuge is located right next to the Dumbarton Bridge on San Francisco Bay. Pathways wind along the bay and marshlands with bridges crossing the sloughs. This is a remarkable place because it is an urban refuge and is a very important place for migrating waterfowl. Cars are crossing the Dumbarton Bridge and the surrounding cities are close by but the traffic noise does not seem to detract from the peace and beauty of this place. I came here for birdwatching and was not disappointed. There were a number of shorebirds and waterfowl, as well as birds of prey. Be sure to bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have them for easier viewing. There are benches all along the paths so you can stop and relax. We so enjoyed the fresh breezes coming off of the bay. The refuge features a small visitor center with some exhibits and books for sale. There are also some guided walks offered if you check their website. We walked at least a few miles, looked at the wildlife and enjoyed the weather. This made for a great day. The access is easy (off Hwy. 84 and Thornton Road near the cities of Newark and Fremont). There is plenty of parking. If you get the chance come see this wildlife refuge in the city!

Visited January 2011
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