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A Walk Through Baylands Nature Preserve

Summer-like weather in January provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature.

A quiet bench along the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve trail. (Photo: Bea Karnes, Patch)
A quiet bench along the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve trail. (Photo: Bea Karnes, Patch)
By Bea Karnes

We've been treated to record-breaking weather this week, and the forecast calls for more of the same through the weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to get out an explore the amazing Baylands.


The 2100 acres of the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve feature developed areas, but also peaceful paths through the marshland. The Preserve is considered one of the most important natural environments in the Bay Area, and is a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway. Over 150 species of birds have been seen here, from common mallard ducks to the endangered clapper rail.


Take a water bottle, your camera and, perhaps, a picnic lunch.


Keep an eye out for the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse while you’re there.


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