This trail takes you through fantastic bay habitat, an oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species. It also boasts views of the surrounding mountains.
Waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and raptors can all be found in this area. The best times for birding are during the spring and fall migrations.
The Alviso Marina County Park is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge – 30,000-acre refuge for millions of migratory birds and endangered species. Created in 1972, the refuge was an attempt by the San Francisco Bay community to protect the local ecosystem from changes that had been occurring ever since the gold rush in 1849 brought a population boom and major growth and development to the area surrounding the bay. Much of the wetlands have been converted over time to support development which has continued to this day, and now nearly 85% of the bay’s original marshes and shorelines have been altered.
In Alviso, you can find a variety of the Bay’s habitats including salt marshes, salt ponds, uplands, and a freshwater tidal slough, with numerous trails to get out into the wetlands and explore.