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Best Park for Critter Watching 

Anthony Chabot Regional Park

At 5,000-plus acres, Anthony Chabot Regional Park stretches from Castro Valley to the Oakland Hills, which makes it prime territory for critters and critter watching. The miles of meandering trails mean visiting Dr. Doolittles saunter right through these animals' grasslands, chaparral, and eucalyptus groves and have a perfect opportunity to observe their fluffy, furry, feathered friends up close. Look up to see meadowlarks, sparrows, hummingbirds, mockingbirds, finches, vultures, and hawks. Look down to spot lizards, snakes, and turtles. Look all around to see crafty squirrels, skittish rabbits, darting foxes, cautious deer, a trotting coyote, maybe a bobcat. Notice the butterflies, honeybees, and hornets. See the grazing cows with their gawky calves, the goats, and horses that hang nearby. The dark brings out owls, skunks, and opossums. The best part about this wild kingdom is that it's just minutes away from home and immediately accessible.

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