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Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

W Woodbridge Rd, San Joaquin, California 95242 USA

“Watch birds from a suspicious distance”

From Sacramento/North, take Interstate 5 south to Peltier Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn left to Thornton Road where you will go right. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge road. Make a right hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turnout and lookout point of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge road. From Stockton/South, take Interstate 5 north to Turner Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn right to Thornton Road where you will turn left. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge Road. Make a left hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turn out and lookout point of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge Road. The best seasons to visit is during the fall and winter months (October - February). This is when you could expect to see sandhill cranes, Canada geese, snow geese, tundra swans and many other wintering birds. The sites and sounds are most spectacular during these months, in the early evening just before sunset. Bring along your favorite birding book and binoculars to help you identify the birds you are seeing. Remember, birds have a large personal space and will usually not land very close to where you are sitting or standing. You are welcome to come out to the reserve during other seasons of the year to see the local residential birds and wildlife. This would include the red-wing blackbirds, black-shouldered Kite and American kestrel, Ring necked pheasant, meadowlarks and other small songbirds. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, early morning and evening hours are usually the most rewarding.

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Reviewed by
Adam Amaral

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
December 29, 2015
Rated 4.0

Great for morning and evening photography - it's a very small turn off on a farming road with a few informational signs and benches to aid the crane watching.

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