Scenes at Hayward Shoreline Park
At low tide, the marshes are mudflats, covered with scurrying birds probing in the mud for food.
Ponds are filled with wading birds most of the year. The network of levee roads around the ponds are off-limits. These ponds are fresh, brackish, and saltwater marshes that were once salt production ponds. They were converted into marshes in the 1980's. The source of the freshwater is the nearby water treatment plant.
At high tide, the marshes are flooded, with birds lazily floating on the surface, wading the shallows, or diving underwater for a meal.
Bring binoculars and a field guide and walk into the marsh. With only shrubby low-to-the-ground vegetation, birds are easy to spot.
Perfect place for hiking, bicycling, jogging and birdwatching. Dogs are not allowed south of W Winton Ave to protect the wildlife.
One of the largest marsh-restoration projects on the West Coast. This land was originally enclosed in levees to create salt evaporation ponds.
The trail reaches the Bay, loops around the end of a pond, then heads north. The shore here consists of wave-eroded mud terraces covered with pickleweed and cordgrass. Wooden pilings can be seen in the Bay.
Perched on stilts above a salt marsh, the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is designed to introduce visitors to the ecology of the San Francisco Bay-Estuary.