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EMWD Hosts Free Birding Tours Beginning in October

Bald eagle at San Jacinto Wetlands.

On the fourth Saturday of each month, EMWD will host tours at its San Jacinto Wetlands, where guests can see more than 120 species of birds that call the wetlands their permanent or temporary home. A bald eagle has frequently been spotted at the facility.

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 tours are led by experienced birding guides Rosedith Marx and Joyce Schwartz. Both are active members of the National Audubon Society and also lead tours at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

The family-friendly 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.