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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Picturesque salt ponds, bay waters and mudflats are home to an abundance of Californian wildlife.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier wildlife refuges in the area. It was founded in 1974, and has since dedicated itself to preserving the habitats for threatened and endangered species, particularly birds. Hiking trails, lookout posts and a fishing pier equip the refuge with ample facilities to keep visitors occupied for a day.

The stars of the show at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge are its birds. The refuge welcomes over 280 species each year. The best way to see as many birds as possible is to do one of the many walking trails the refuge provides. Between them, these trails cover 12,140-hectares, and take in almost every habitat there is. Trails tend to be manageable for all, and there are plenty of rest stops along the way. However, it's recommended that come armed with decent walking shoes and a few basic supplies if you intend on walking far. Binoculars and a camera will greatly enhance your experience.

Birds you may be fortunate enough to spot whilst on your ramble include shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and raptors. One of the most popular residents of the refuge is the California Clapper Rail. A number of rare mammals such as the California grey fox, and salt marsh harvest mouse occasionally put in an appearance too. On the fishing pier, try your luck with the bass and sturgeon.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge hosts visitor activities throughout the year. Canoes and kayaks can be taken out on the bay and its tributaries. The waterfowl hunting season runs from October to January. Free guided tours and walks are laid on at both of the refuge's headquarters, in Fremont and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is open every day and is free of charge. Personal transport is required to reach the refuge; parking is ample and free. Weather conditions vary throughout the year; check the forecast before making your way out.


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8200 Gateway Blvd, Newark, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Facebook Campus, Tesla Motors and Southland Mall. Stanford University and Googleplex are also within 16 mi (25 km).

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    Residence Inn by Marriott Newark Silicon Valley

    Residence Inn by Marriott Newark Silicon Valley

    35466 Dumbarton Ct, Newark, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Ardenwood Historic Farm and within 3 miles (5 km) of Alameda Creek Regional Trail and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Coyote Hills Regional Park is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

      Courtyard by Marriott Newark Silicon Valley AU$172
      Courtyard by Marriott Newark Silicon Valley

      Courtyard by Marriott Newark Silicon Valley

      34905 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Ardenwood Historic Farm and within 3 miles (5 km) of Alameda Creek Regional Trail and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Coyote Hills Regional Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

        Nice Cozy Studio in Newark AU$354
        Nice Cozy Studio in Newark

        Nice Cozy Studio in Newark

        36318 Haley St, Unit A, Newark, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Newark, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ardenwood Historic Farm, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Alameda Creek Regional Trail. Newpark Mall and Fremont Hub Shopping Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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          7881 Wells Ave, Unit B, Newark, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Newark, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and within 6 miles (10 km) of Newpark Mall and Ardenwood Historic Farm. Fremont Hub Shopping Center and Alameda Creek Regional Trail are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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            Extended Stay America - Fremont - Newark

            Extended Stay America - Fremont - Newark

            5375 Farwell Pl, Fremont, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Fremont, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Newpark Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fremont Hub Shopping Center and Washington Hospital. Tesla Motors and Lake Elizabeth are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Spacious Modern 4b2b Housebartw/dfoosballparking AU$698
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              Spacious Modern 4b2b Housebartw/dfoosballparking

              4725 deep creek rd, Union City, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ardenwood, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Alameda Creek Regional Trail and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ardenwood Historic Farm and Coyote Hills Regional Park. Union Landing is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                Motel 6 Fremont, CA - North AU$120
                Motel 6 Fremont, CA - North

                Motel 6 Fremont, CA - North

                34047 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ardenwood, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Alameda Creek Regional Trail and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ardenwood Historic Farm and Union Landing. Coyote Hills Regional Park and Washington Hospital are also within 6 miles (10 km).