With binnoculars in one hand and a camera in the other, I enter the fence surrounding Jacques Marsh and cautiously climb the berms around the pond in hopes of capturing shots of rare waterfowl on rolls of film.
One lone, brave duck
The best time to visit Jacques Marsh is early in the morning when all the birds are scurrying around and present more of a wildlife viewing experience. Spring and summer offer lush greens and wildflowers.
Although I didnt capture any rare waterfowl up close, I was privy to the cries of an elk calf calling his mother and a glimpse of a flock of yellow-headed blackbirds perched on the tall grasses along the pond.
This is not a marked trail but you can hike along the dirt road or berm that surrounds the ponds.
To find Jacques Marsh, from junction of Hwy. 260 and Porter Mountain Road in Lakeside, take Porter Mountain Rd. for 1.5 miles to Juniper Drive, turn left and continue 0.6 mile to the parking area.
For more information, call Bruce Sitko, Arizona Game and Fish Department at (928) 367-4281.