Retreating to Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose, CA
Just off Highway 237 the city melts away as you drive past a field of sheep to find Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Follow the boardwalk out over the otherwise inaccessible salt marsh to explore life flourishing in a globally shrinking habitat. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars because the refuge is on the “Pacific Flyway,” a major North American bird migratory route. They stop here to feed on marine life; the shallow and sheltered salt marsh is a nursery for fish, crustaceans, and other sea creatures until they grow large enough to brave the bay. City noise is replaced by a wildlife serenade of whistling birds, quacking waterfowl, singing frogs, humming insects, and rustling rabbits, lizards, and endangered salt marsh harvest mice. This tranquil retreat with refreshing bay breezes is not only a sanctuary for wildlife, but also for stressed out city-dwellers.