5.9 Miles at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Natural Wildlife Refuge

Last Sunday’s hike at Don Edwards natural wildlife refuge reminded me that it could be very WINDY by the San Francisco Bay, no matter how nice and warm in the city. We finally got out of the rain and decide to hike in a sunny and mild afternoon, but the wind almost blew all of us to freeze! I couldn’t feel my hands after 6 miles walk in this kind of wind, considering the fact that my hands were on the camera instead of inside the pocket…  On the other side, I like going hike in different kinds of environment and enjoy finding unique subjects and combinations in the view finder. But I wish I could have captured more birds, it seemed that they were either hiding in their nests or blew away by the wind already…

Here are a few notes on the Environmental knowledge side, to help us understand this unique wetlands.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge spans 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool habitats. It is part of a complex made up of six other wildlife refuges in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since long before 20th, century, people have been working on utilizing wetlands to support surrounding development, such as converting salt marsh into commercial salt ponds, and today nearly 85 % of the Bay’s original marshes and shorelines have been altered. Because this is a “wildlife island in an urban sea”, the Refuge managers and biologists have been work hard to balance the different land uses and protect the sensitive wetlands, for example, habitat and wildlife conservation, public recreation, and commercial salt production, so that both the Refuge and the community benefit.

Newark Slough trail, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Picnic Shield, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Trail bridge, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Wetlands, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Salt Marsh,Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Salt pound, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Tidelands trail, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Mudflat, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Tidelands trail,Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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2 comments

  1. Great images, I’m going to have to head out there.

  2. Great Post – Great Pics – thanks for sharing! Love Nature:)

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