"Hemmed in by housing developments, a golf course, and one of the busiest freeways in the world, Batiquitos Lagoon won’t be confused with the wilderness backcountry. However, if you’re an avid bird watcher (or would like to try this popular pastime), Batiquitos Lagoon provides excellent opportunities to view a number of endangered species. Interpretive signs along the trail illustrate the more threatened birds found around the lagoon, as well as the rare and endangered species that visit. These include the red-necked phalarope, elegant tern, marbled godwit, yellow warbler, California least tern, Belding savannah sparrow, and snowy plover. Because of the sensitive nature of these birds, read and follow the notices—and stay on the trail. Even if you’re not interested in watching birds, you’ll find the wide, level trail a peaceful respite."