Talbert Marsh offers the public a walking and biking trail on the north perimeter of the 25 acre marsh from Brookhurst Street to the Santa Ana River Trail. Over 90 species of birds have been observed at Talbert Marsh and the other adjoining Huntington Beach wetlands. In addition to year-round residents, thousands of migratory birds use our as a rest stop along the Pacific flyway from their nesting grounds in the north to their southern wintering grounds.
The water in the marsh is mostly seawater entering from the ocean inlet crossing under Pacific Coast Highway. Twice daily, water flows in and out with the tide, rising and falling as much as 7 feet. During winter rains, fresh water also washes down storm drain channels helping to filter the dirty water before it reaches the ocean.
In 1989, the man-made dike separating the degraded wetlands from the flood control channel was breached and tidal action was restored. Almost immediately, the wetlands began the process of healing itself.