The Hidden Gems of Orange County
Orange County has a multitude of things to offer vacationers including nationally acclaimed amusement parks like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. But, did you know Orange County is a mecca for fascinating wildlife, sea creatures and beautiful beaches?
Some of the hidden treasures in Orange County (OC) are the incredible coves with breathtaking ocean views. You can also enjoy tide pools and see shore birds, dolphins and whales. The tide pools are a great way to explore many different invertebrates (animals without a backbone), including sea stars, sea anemones, sea urchins, hermit crabs and more. Laguna Beach and Newport Beach are great beach areas to explore the tide pools, but remember not to remove any animals, shells or rocks as they are marine life protected.
Seals and Sea Lions can be seen at Seal Rock or at a facility where some of these adorable mammals have been rehabilitated and released back to the wild, after they were injured.
OC also offers many places to nature lovers including hiking trails, ecological reserves, wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries. The ecological reserves, wetlands and sanctuaries are spectacular places to observe unique birds that migrate from thousands of miles away. And, some birds are year-round.
In Irvine, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach – Bolsa Chica Wetlands, you can view shorebirds, waterfowl, marsh birds, sea ducks, plunge divers and skimmers. If you’re visiting any of these places, it’s important to refrain from feeding the birds as they are wild. They need to be able to fend for themselves on their own and human food can harm them. In addition, it’s important to put all trash in containers, since the birds tend to eat the trash if left on the ground. The trash can get stuck in their stomachs and cause them to starve to death, since they can’t properly digest it. Thus, it’s important to not pollute, so the wildlife and sea creatures will be around for our kids and grandkids to enjoy for years to come.
If you would like to experience some of OC’s beautiful beaches, coves and wildlife and want to learn how you can make a difference in the environment, sign up for this fun ecotour: OC Wildlife & Beach Tour. You can book a tour on line at www.ocwildlifebeachtour.com or call 949-500-6981 for a reservation. Also, check out OC Wildlife & Beach Tour’s EcoTour videos on You Tube:
Tide Pool ecoTour video
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