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EMWD Hosts Free Birding Tours Beginning in October

Bird watchers at San Jacinto Wetlands.

Perris, CA (October 11, 2018) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is again hosting its monthly birding tours at EMWD’s San Jacinto Wetlands beginning in October and running through April 2019. 

The free, family-friendly tours will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month at the EMWD’s Wetlands, where guests can view more than 120 species of birds that call the facility their permanent or temporary home. Previous tours have spotted bald eagles at the site. 

The tours begin at 8 a.m. and last approximately two hours. For security purposes, gates will be open beginning at 7:45 a.m. and close at 8:05 a.m. All tours are conducted weather-permitting, and guests must wear closed-toed walking shoes. 
The 2018-19 tour dates are as follows:

  • October 27, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • December 22, 2018
  • January 26, 2019
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 27, 2019

The tours are led by experienced birding guides Joyce Schwartz, who also leads tours at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Craig Hughes and Antonio Corona. All three guides are active members of the National Audubon Society and veterans of the tours at EMWD’s Wetlands. 

The tours include a walk around EMWD’s Wetlands, which include marshy areas that draw unique birds to the area. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras, binoculars and other viewing devices. A limited number of binoculars are available for visitors to borrow. 

Water bottles are permitted, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour is not recommended for children six and under. Groups of five or more are required to call for reservations. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 951.928.3777, ext. 4405. 

The wetlands are located behind EMWD’s San Jacinto Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility, at 770 N. Sanderson Ave., San Jacinto. 

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to approximately 816,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency and its mission is “To deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.” More information can be found at