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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
in Irvine, CA
 

photo by R. L. Kenyon

Hours: The sanctuary is open every day from dawn until dusk
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Phone: (949) 261-7963.  (This is the phone number of Audubon House, the chapter office of Sea & Sage Audubon, which is located by the parking lot for the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.)
 
Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612
 
DIRECTIONS:
Our access road to Audubon House, the Duck Club and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary changed on Monday, 10/25/10; we now enter from Campus Drive instead of from Michelson. This change will be in effect indefinitely. (map)
 
From the San Diego Freeway (405), exit on Jamboree toward Newport Beach. At the 1st signal (which is Michelson), turn left. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard and turn right. Drive to University & turn right. Drive to Campus & turn right. Stay in far right lane and immediately turn right onto Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (There is a dark green sign by the turnoff identifying this as the route into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.) At the end of the road, you will make a sharp left turn down a steep driveway and into the parking lot. The 1st building you will see will be Audubon House; the Duck Club is adjacent to Audubon House. Beyond this area are the ponds and marsh mitigation areas of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary which are open every day from dawn to dusk. . . . (If you miss the turn on to Riparian View, and reach Carlson, which is the next signal, just turn right and go around the block again to Harvard.)
 
From Pacific Coast Highway (1), exit on Jamboree and head inland through Newport Beach to Irvine. Turn right on Michelson. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard and turn right. Drive to University & turn right. Drive to Campus & turn right. Stay in far right lane and immediately turn right onto Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (There is a dark green sign by the turnoff identifying the route into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.) At the end of the road, you will make a sharp left turn down a steep driveway and into the parking lot. The 1st building you will see will be Audubon House; the Duck Club is adjacent to Audubon House. Beyond this area are the ponds and marsh mitigation areas of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary which are open every day from dawn to dusk. (If you miss the turn on to Riparian View, and reach Carlson, which is the next signal, just turn right and go around the block again to Harvard.)

Information about the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Birth of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary: The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a remarkable achievement that is largely due to the vision of one man, Peer Swan. The fascinating story is told in 9 short chapters collected by his wife, Nancy Swan.
 
San Joaquin Marsh Historical Dates by Lou Denger, IRWD
 
The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, an article by Catherine Waters, about the sanctuary, written for "Winging It," an ABA publication
 
A trail map & rules of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
 
Bird Checklist for the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
 
In Celebration of Ten Years at the SJWS: a series of articles by Trude Hurd, about wildlife at the sanctuary, written for the "Wandering Tattler," the Sea & Sage Audubon newsletter
10 Guides for Local Naturalist's Library
10 Special Audubon Happenings
10 Raptor Observations
Ducks Days of December
10 Favorite Mammals
10 Breeding Birds
10 Butterflies
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A monthly bird census is conducted at the SJWS by Sea & Sage Audubon. (See this page for separate monthly counts)
The following links are for spreadsheets showing an entire year's worth of counts:
 
1998 Census 2002 Census 2006 Census 2010 Census 2014 Census
1999 Census 2003 Census 2007 Census 2011 Census  
2000 Census 2004 Census 2008 Census 2012 Census  
2001 Census 2005 Census 2009 Census 2013 Census  
 
Nestbox Program at the SJWS:
There are a number of nestboxes installed around the ponds to attract cavity nesting birds. These nestboxes are being carefully monitored by Christine Tischer and her team of volunteers.
 
Information about the Irvine Ranch Water District:
For information about the Irvine Ranch Water District and how they manage the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, visit their website.
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Information about the San Joaquin Marsh reserve:
For information about the San Joaquin Marsh reserve which is located across Campus Drive from the SJWS,  see their website .
 
last updated 4/10/14

Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963

http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org