Sea & Sage Audubon Society
at the San Joaquin Wildlife
Sanctuary in Irvine
for scouts and adult community groups)
July 27, 2003
Our Group Tour Program:
the one hour tour, an Audubon naturalist will lead your group from (1)
an up-close look at the mounted bird displays inside Audubon House to (2)
a walk along the trails around the freshwater ponds. The Audubon
naturalist will introduce your group to the wetland ecosystem and its importance,
show you how to use "field marks" and behaviors to identify common birds,
explain bird migration, and discuss how to protect birds and wetlands.
Group Size Requirements:
We accept a minimum
of 8 up to a maximum of 16 scouts or school children. For other community
groups, we accept a minimum of 10 individuals.
Program Fee Details:
The program fee
includes a one hour tour of the trails and Audubon House, use of our binoculars
(one per individual), and a copy of our 28 page illustrated field guide
of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary for each individual to keep.
The current fee schedule (effective January 1, 2001) is:
To Schedule Your Tour:
Scout Group Tours
are $45 for 8-16 scouts.
Community Group Tours
are $50 for 10 individuals, with an extra charge of $5 for each additional
WE SCHEDULE TOURS
A MINIMUM OF 1-2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE. If you are interested, contact
our Community Coordinator, Helen Nicholas at 949-726-0858 (at home)
to arrange a date and to receive an Enrollment Form. You must mail your
check with the Enrollment Form at least one month before your tour date!
Facilities and What to Bring:
We suggest comfortable
walking shoes; the trails are gravel. Jackets are needed in cooler
months; a hat and sunscreen in warmer months. We have rest room facilities,
a drinking fountain, and handicapped access to the buildings. The
Audubon House gift shop sells patches, bird guides, T-shirts and other
nature related items.
Wildlife You Can Expect to See:
The bird checklist
for the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary includes 263 species. Depending
on the season, you may see 12-25 species during your one hour tour.
species of ducks and shorebirds feed in the deep and shallow ponds, while
egrets and herons stalk their prey along the pond edges, and hawks
soar overhead. In the spring, songbirds sing to establish and
defend breeding territories, and you may even see nesting birds with chicks.
Rabbits, lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and evidence of coyotes may
be seen on the trails. You will have lots of opportunities to view
wildlife during your tour!
to Act in a Wildlife Sanctuary:
Because Sea &
Sage Audubon Society and the Irvine Ranch Water District care about wetland
habitat and wildlife, everything at the San
Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is protected. All
visitors are expected to protect the wildlife during their visit.
Parents are responsible for ensuring children obey the rules at all times.
If you are bringing
children, please review our two Program Rules with them BEFORE your visit
to the sanctuary.
#1: PROTECT WILDLIFE AT ALL TIMES.
Use a quiet voice
at all times.
Stay on the trails.
Walk, do not run.
Do not pick up or
Do not pick any plants.
(Stinging nettle does sting!)
Do not harm any insects.
Use your binoculars
instead of your feet to get close to wildlife.
#2: LISTEN TO AND OBEY YOUR TOUR
want you to have a wonderful experience with nature!
Stay behind the Tour
Raise your hand to
about how to use binoculars and other materials.
to Get to the Site:
Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 300 acre freshwater wetlands at the Irvine
Ranch Water District. It is located at 5 Riparian View between Jamboree
and Harvard in the city of Irvine.
When driving south
the San Diego Freeway, (#405), exit on Jamboree and turn right. At the
first signal, which is Michelson, turn left. Continue on Michelson to the
third signal which is Riparian View and turn right toward the Irvine Ranch
Water District water treatment plant. Follow the road and the signs directing
you to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. You will be on a narrow, 2 way
road. Signs will finally direct you to turn right, down a short hill, and
into a parking lot. The first building you see will be Audubon House. Beyond
Audubon House are the ponds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
When driving north
on the San Diego Freeway, (#405), exit on Culver and turn left.
At the first signal, which is Michelson, turn right. Continue on Michelson
to the third signal which is Riparian View and turn left, at the signal,
toward the Irvine Ranch Water District water treatment plant. Follow Riparian
View and the signs directing you to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
You will be on a narrow, 2 way road. Signs will finally direct you to turn
right, down a short hill, and into a parking lot. The first building you
see will be Audubon House. Beyond Audubon House are the ponds of the San
Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary:
open daily from dawn to dusk
daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.