Upper Newport Bay - Trash and Invasive Plant Removal, Habitat Restoration

We are excited to have you join us for Coastal Cleanup Day. Please fill out the form and we will email you instructions along with your Site Captain's contact information. See you September 15.

Site Information: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve represent approximately 1,000 acres of open space. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve surrounds the Ecological Reserve. The park includes the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve totals approximately 135 acres. The Nature Preserve is made up of the bluffs surrounding the Bay. Three sensitive species use the bluffs: The California Gnatcatcher, San Diego Cactus Wren, and Burrowing Owl. Two important plant communities are found on the bluffs - grasslands and coastal sage scrub. Upper Newport Ecological Reserve totals 752 acres. This coastal wetland, one of the largest in southern California , is renowned as one of the finest bird watching sites in North America. During winter migration up to 35,000 birds may be using the Bay at one time. It is home to six rare or endangered species: Light Footed Clapper Rail, Brown Pelican, Belding's Savannah Sparrow, Black Rail, Peregrine Falcon and California Least Tern. The Bay is home to one endangered plant species - Saltmarsh Bird's Beak. Considered a "critical estuary" habitat - Upper Newport Bay is one of the most pristine remaining estuaries in Southern California.

NOTE: Please bring or wear rubber boots or water shoes if you have them! 


Minimum Age: Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Volunteer Sign-In/Meeting: Muth Interpretative Center Parking Lot


Questions? Contact Derrick at derrick.ankerstar@ocparks.com
September 15, 2018 at 9am - 12pm
Upper Newport Bay
2301 University Dr
Muth Interpretive Center
Newport Beach, CA 92660
United States
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