The Huntington Beach Wetlands consist of 118 acres of restored wetlands habitat along the southern coastline of Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy owns and manages these wetlands and continues to work hand-in-hand with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore wetlands in the Orange County area.
The Huntington Beach Wetlands are made up of three separate areas along Pacific Coast Highway between the Santa Ana River and Newland Street. The 25-acre Talbert Marsh, located between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River, was the first to complete restoration in 2009, followed by the 41-acre Magnolia Marsh to its north in 2010. A raised observation deck and boat dock are now in place at Magnolia Marsh to allow public access and education. A trail system is also being created to allow public access around the perimeter of the marsh.
The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy's most recent initiative is the opening of the new Wetlands and Wildlife Care and Education Center, which houses both the interpretive center for the wetlands and the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. For operating hours for the interpretive center and to learn more about the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, visit their website.
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center was constructed by the Conservancy in 1989 and is now operated by an independent non-profit organization. The center cares for and rehabilitates sick, injured, and orphaned indigenous wildlife.