Wandering the Wetlands in an Eco-Reserve in Cardiff, California
Rays of sun play a game of tag through the tall grass, falling gently onto the water's edge. A yellow-bellied beauty sings, resolving to be heard among the 298 different species sighted on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Marking a change in season by its migratory habits, this little bird brings attention to the nip in the air and the coastal breeze blowing from the neighboring Pacific. Covering approximately a thousand acres of diverse habitat with over six miles of hiking trails, the lagoon is one of San Diego County's largest coastal wetlands; supporting 23 species of fish, 20 reptiles and amphibians, 24 mammals, and 400 species of plants.