June 15, 2018

Palo Alto: Palo Alto Duck Pond + Baylands Nature Preserve; things to do


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Palo Alto Duck Pond  2775 Embarcadero Rd., a E end, (650) 617-3156.  Daily sunrise-sunset.  Free. 

Located in a quiet, unpopulated area away from town, this pond is one of the Bay Area’s best spots to see ducks, birds, and the occasional swan.  In winter, unusual migrating birds are also seen.  Visitors are asked not to feed the birds.  A paved path leads around the pond, and an adjacent small airport provides plane-watching fun.

sign at Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California
sign at Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California


bird description sign at Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California
bird description sign at Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California


overview of Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California
overview of Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California


small plane coming in for landing near Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California
small plane coming in for landing near Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California


Across the street, the Baylands Nature Preserve has 15 miles of trails.  Bird watching is excellent, but wind surfing and kayaking are also popular.  The free-admission Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center has exhibits that orient visitors to the area.  During daylight hours, visitors can walk out over the 120-acre salt marsh on an 800-foot-long raised wooden walkway.  Naturalist-led walks are scheduled on weekends.

duck crossing sign at Baylands Nature Preserve and Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California
duck crossing sign at Baylands Nature Preserve and Palo Alto Duck Pond in Palo Alto, California


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images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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