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5 WAYS TO GET BACK TO NATURE

- By Joan Morris » jmorris@bayareanew­sgroup.com

It’s autumn, the weather is cooling and birds are beginning their migrations on the great Pacific Flyway. And the Bay Area’s parks and nature preserves make exploring the outdoors more tempting than ever.

While the continuing pandemic and the threat of wildfires have closed some nature centers or limited their use, there’s still plenty to see and do, from hiking the remains of an ancient Oakland volcano to exploring the Delta shoreline at the site of a major levee break 93 years ago.

Here are five possibilit­ies to get you started.

1 Baylands Nature Preserve

If you want to see some of the bay’s last remaining undisturbe­d marshland, visit this 1,940-acre preserve. The protected area features 15 miles of multiuse trails, where you can explore tidal and freshwater habitats.

The Bay Area offers many destinatio­ns for birdwatche­rs, but many devotees consider the Baylands one of the West Coast’s best for viewing. Not only do hundreds of species make their homes here, the preserve also is a major stopover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway. We’re just now entering the best times for birdwatchi­ng.

DETAILS » Open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset at 2775 Embarcader­o Road in Palo Alto. The preserve offers picnic tables and restrooms, as well as hiking trails. www. cityofpalo­alto.org

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 ?? PHOTOS BY DAI SUGANO — STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER ?? Waves splash at Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto where a walking path offers beautiful views to visitors, below.
PHOTOS BY DAI SUGANO — STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER Waves splash at Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto where a walking path offers beautiful views to visitors, below.

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