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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: +1 949-261-7963
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Quiet, peaceful, the grounds are well kept, the scenery is nice, theres all different types of birds, insects, some mammals, there is a book store on the premises and the lady who... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
bts91
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Lake Forest, California
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Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Quiet, peaceful, the grounds are well kept, the scenery is nice, theres all different types of birds, insects, some mammals, there is a book store on the premises and the lady who works there (Ive been there doses of time, she's the only one I have seen working) is extremely nice, and knowledgeable, I enjoy coming here. So if you... More 

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Irvine, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

See cranes and ducks in this natural habitat is very relaxing. It is not that far from my home and because I attend many activities at the Duck Club, I sometimes just walk afterwards for a little excersise.

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israel
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

wonderful place to find peace and enjoy it with the family . a small paradise in the city. I really recommend it

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Flagstaff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is a wildlife preserve that is quite literally right int he middle of town. There are a couple of hiking trails as well as a side road that allows great views and some wildlife. Well worth the walk.

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Double Springs, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Hard to believe this jewel of a birding location lies in the heart of Irvine, California! Late afternoon walks on the raised trails winding in and out of multiple waterways is a sure bet for shorebird lovers. Great place to capture golden hour photos of Avocets, Killdeers, and Cormorants stirring in the shallows.

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Fresno, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Stopped by the santuary to check it out. Very nice building, in the middle of no where. Impressive scenes and nice staff

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1 Thank Julie V
Orange County
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

A short way from highways and heavily trafficked streets is this refuge for birds, four legged creatures of the animal kingdom, and homo sapiens.Road runners, glimpse of a mountain lion, once, water and land birds galore, and holes in the earth suggesting small woods animals including, perhapss, ground squirrels. A nice respite in a busy city.

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Atlanta
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

I had some time to spare between a day-long conference and a late dinner. I took an Uber to the sanctuary, located close to the UC Irvine campus. I checked out some binoculars and just started walking. There are birds everywhere. The ponds are loaded with waterbirds as well. You can follow the marked trails, bordered by beautiful flowers and... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This may sound strange but my wife and I love to go to IN and Out get Hamburgers and a drink. Then leave the UCI campus In and Out and go to the wildlife Santuary and watch the birds feed until way after sunset. Great to do in the Winter but best on a warm summer night. Great pics and... More 

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Thank James S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I am an intermediate level birdwatcher and was amazed at this sanctuary. The local Audobon chapter has a welcome house , where I checked out a pair of binoculars, as I was in the area traveling on business and had an open afternoon. A short walk to the first pond and I was surrounded by birds.. Ducks, waders , swallows... More 

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