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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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Great place to relax and enjoy nature

Wonderful place to stretch your legs after a long flight. Close to John Wayne Airport and HWY 5... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joanne K
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Irvine
Oasis in the middle of the city

The wildlife sanctuary has 5 large ponds for migratory birds, of which at least 120 kinds have been... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
chucklavington
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Irvine, California
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“water birds” (4 reviews)
“duck club” (4 reviews)
“great birding” (3 reviews)
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5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place to stretch your legs after a long flight. Close to John Wayne Airport and HWY 5 freeway. Unbelievable wildlife! But don't go on a hot day. Best times are in morning or before sunset. Foggy day is very nice too.

Thank Joanne K
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The wildlife sanctuary has 5 large ponds for migratory birds, of which at least 120 kinds have been seen. The Duck Club was in use for hunting from 1940-1988.There are coyotes, raccoons, bobcats and other wildlife there. It is the perfect place to walk, photograph,...More

1  Thank chucklavington
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Sea and Sage Audubon has a welcome center / book store / gift shop in the parking lot area. Visitors can list the birds they see. No Bikes and No Dogs are allowed (the land is part of the Irvine Ranch Water District). We have...More

Thank Brett R
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

When I was in Irvine 7 years ago my friend took me here to go birdwatching. This year my husband had to come for business so I took him here on a Sunday afternoon. What a great spot to walk and relax and see the...More

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

I have had three extended business trips staying at the A.C. Marriott and on each trip I looked forward to a morning walk here! I was able to explore lots of different paths and trails, saw amazing wildlife and loved the scent of whatever greenery...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

One side of the address dead ends into the water company and that is not the side you want. Nice place to hike and get away from the city

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Have been many times. Best to go on a guided walk so you get an idea of where to look on your own. Good choice of wide level trails with benches to rest. Well labeled butterfly garden area

Thank rr4flowers
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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

2  Thank Royadip
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Reviewed 4 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

3  Thank Highland-Birder
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

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

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