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March 8, 2011

San Joaquin Marsh, Irvine, CA

Giant Blue Heron at the San Joaquin Marsh
(c) John Corney 2011
 One of the nice things about where I live in Irvine is that the San Joaquin Marsh is just a short walk away. You might well ask how there can be a marsh in arid Southern California. Actually the marsh is fed by water taken from the San Diego creek (more of a small river) which runs through these parts into the "Back Bay" of Newport Harbor. The marsh is part of a now 15-year old project to remove nitrates from the creek water before it flows into the Back Bay ecological reserve. Both the San Joaquin Marsh and Back Bay Ecological Reserve abound with bird and wildlife and are significant wintering sites and stopover points for migrating birds.

Since the start of the year I have taken my camera along with me on my walks to the marsh. You can see some of the pictures I have taken in my San Joaquin Marsh photo gallery.

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