On the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, across from Huntington State Beach near the mouth of the Santa Ana River, is a special place you’re not likely to find on most tourist maps: Talbert Marsh, a 25-acre wetland restored for wildlife and flood control. Turn inland at Brookhurst Street, drive past Bushard Street (first light), park along the street, enter the marsh from the sidewalk and follow the asphalt bicycle path. You’ll see interpretive signs along the path.

This marsh used to be an informal parking lot. Now it’s popular with birds—about 80 species have been counted here. At low tide you are likely to see shorebirds, at high tide pelicans, cormorants, least terns, and others. In mid-2001 plans were under way to add another 17 acres to this preserve.