Eastern Municipal Water District hosts free birding tours beginning in October

PERRIS – The Eastern Municipal Water District invites the community to join their free monthly birding tours to view a variety of feathered friends, October 2017 through April 2018.

On the fourth Saturday of each month, EMWD will host tours at its San Jacinto Wetlands, where guests can see more than 120 species of birds that call the wetlands their permanent or temporary home. A bald eagle has frequently been spotted at the facility.

The tours begin 8 a.m. and last approximately two hours. For security purposes, gates will be open beginning 7:45 a.m. and close 8:05 a.m. All tours are conducted weather-permitting, and guests must wear closed-toed walking shoes.

The tours are led by experienced birding guides Rosedith Marx and Joyce Schwartz. Both are active members of the National Audubon Society and also lead tours at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

The family-friendly tours include a walk around the wetlands, which include marshy areas that draw unique birds to the area. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras, binoculars and other viewing devices. A limited number of binoculars are available for visitors to borrow.

Water bottles are permitted, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour is not recommended for children six and under. Groups of five or more are required to call for reservations. For more information or to make reservations, call (951) 928-3777, ext. 4405.

The wetlands are located behind EMWD’s San Jacinto Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility, 770 N. Sanderson Ave., in San Jacinto.

EMWD is the freshwater, wastewater service and recycled water provider to a 555-square mile area from Moreno Valley southward along the Interstate 215 corridor to Temecula and eastward to Hemet and San Jacinto. Approximately 795,000 people live and work in this area. In addition to its own water customers, EMWD supplements water to six local water agencies and municipalities that have their own water departments. EMWD operates four water reclamation facilities and treats up to 46 million gallons of wastewater daily. More information can be found at www.emwd.org.

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