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View of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve from the air looking north. The Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve contains a critically important Southern California estuary, which supports many sensitive plant and animal species. The site includes extensive wetland and channel habitats along with some uplands and is adjacent to a sandy beach, subtidal rocky reef, and kelp beds. The reserve provides habitat for migratory waterfowl along with several plants and animals listed as endangered, such as the salt marsh bird's-beak, light-footed clapper rail, and Belding's savannah sparrow. It is also an important regional nursery for halibut and other marine and estuarine fish (nrs.ucop.edu/Carpinteria-Salt-Marsh.com).
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