Carpinteria Salt Marsh

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Veiw from the trail near Ash Avenue

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Ash Avenue, main entrance into the marsh

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Nature trail near Ash Avenue trail head

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, located in Carpinteria, CA.  This is a restored salt marsh with excellent views, well maintained trails, wildlife watching and plenty of interpretive signs along the way. 

The trail leads along the outer edges of the marsh and down to the sand dunes and beach.  Only a few feet down the trail we were treated to the sight of the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow.  You will see a number of birds along the way.  This area is also home to several rare plant species.  From the Land Trust bridge you may see fishes and crabs in the water below.

For more information about Carpinteria Salt Marsh, see the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County webpage at Also see the City of Carpinteria site at:: 
http://www.sblandtrust.org/carpmarsh.html

Also see these links for more info:

http://www.carpinteria.com/points_of_interest/marshes/

http://www.carpinteria.ca.us/areainfo/salt%20marsh%20park.shtml

http://www.sbck.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=75

Photos of the marsh:
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Interpretive Signs Describing the Restoration:
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Basin 1 South Marsh Preserve

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Basin 1 and South Marsh Preserve Restoration

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Ecological Restoration at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park

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Ash Avenue Marsh Restoration

Geology of the marsh:
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Geology

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Description of the watershed & recent aerial photo

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Historical Aerial Photo

Dune Habitat:
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Boardwalk to the dunes

Marsh Habitat, Animals & Fish:
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The importance of wetland edges

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Birds found in the marsh.

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Salt Marsh Fishes