The wetlands of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh are home to various rare, threatened, and endangered animals (e.g., Light-footed Clapper Rails and Belding's Savannah Sparrows) and plant life (e.g., Salt Marsh Bird's Beak and Salt Marsh Goldfields). Please take time to become familiar with the resources of the reserve and help protect this sensitive and important ecosystem. Researchers are continually involved in ongoing projects at the reserve, so important to know where to walk and what to look for so as to not disturb projects, wildlife, plants, rocks, etc.
• Take care to protect yourself from injury due to broken glass, rusty pipes, nails in boards, unstable banks, and other things that can cause bodily harm.
• Use caution when crossing the railroad. Watch for flashing red and yellow train signals located on the tracts some distance to the east and west of the gate to the reserve. If children are present in your group, do not permit them to linger on the tracks.
• Collect refuse found in the reserve and put in the trash can located near the gate. Please take care to distinguish between refuse and equipment, markers, stakes, pipes, flags, traps, etc. being used in ongoing research projects.
• Record in the register or report to the reserve director all items of interest that might assist with the management of the reserve or contribute to the understanding of the natural history of the estuary and its surroundings.
• While you are at the reserve, please refrain from making loud noises and fast movements that might scare wildlife being observed by other users.
• At the earliest convenience, please report to the reserve director or other reserve official any acts of vandalism, unauthorized use, or other illegal activities. However, do not put yourself in a potentially difficult position by confronting those who may be acting without proper authorization