Monday, April 4, 2016

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

This blog will discuss another location where I like to photograph.  It is in San Diego County, California and located in Imperial City.  The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is the largest coastal wetlands in Southern California.  The reserve is managed by many different agencies, NOAA, California State Parks, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The southernmost part of the reserve abuts the Tijuana River, which is the boundary between the United States and Mexico.  Included in the reserve Is the Border Field State Park And the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge.

A beautiful visitors center, located in the upper portion of the reserve is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.  There are many trails to hike and photograph the fauna and flora in various habitats, including beach, dune, mudflat, salt marsh, Rypien, coastal sage scrub, and upland habitats.  The area is home to the endangered California least tern, the endangered light-footed Clapper rail, and the threatened snowy plover.  There have been over 370 different species of birds documented here.

There many different species of plants and if the weather has been cooperative beautiful flowers.  By walking slowly and keeping your eyes open.  You may find various species of reptiles and mammals.

Arrive early and stay late.  Dress appropriately and do not forget water.  If you walked to the mouth of the Tijuana River, you can look into Mexico and out over the Pacific.  If the day is clear, you can see the Los Coronado Islands.