Three Dates Remaining for Bird Tours in San Jacinto Valley Wetlands

Pristine Villarreal

PERRIS (CNS) – Bird watchers seeking close-up views of dozens of species that nest or migrate within the San Jacinto Valley Wetlands have three opportunities left to take tours in what remains of the current bird-watching season, the Eastern Municipal Water District announced Thursday.

The agency operates a water reclamation facility in the 60-acre protected space, south of Mystic Lake and just west of Highway 79. It was constructed using U.S. Bureau of Reclamation funds more than a quarter century ago and enables high-volume water recycling.

The National Audubon Society, in partnership with the EMWD, hosts guided bird-watching tours in the Wetlands every year. The tours generally take place the second Saturday of each month, October to April.

Three tour dates remain open for booking: Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8. Information on reservations can be found at

According to water agency officials, North American bald eagles are among the 120 different species that inhabit the Wetlands seasonally.

In February 2022, officials installed a webcam, where viewers can observe activity within the reserve year-round. It’s available at t.

The Perris-based EMWD is the state’s sixth-largest utility, serving a 558-square-mile area encompassing Hemet, Menifee, Moreno Valley, San Jacinto, parts of Temecula Valley and Winchester.

Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

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