James K. Herbert Wetland Prairie Preserve
This 725-acre preserve southeast of Visalia protects one of the largest remaining wetland prairie habitats in the San Joaquin Valley. The James K. Herbert Wetland Prairie Preserve is just a small piece of a once extensive wetland prairie. It provides a refuge for owls that live underground, toads that estivate (like hibernation, but during hot, dry summer months) in the soil, whimbrel flocks that visit as they migrate between Argentina and Alaska, and flowers that bloom in bright displays of magenta, yellow, gold, violet, white and pink.
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