Archive for the ‘Tijuana Estuary’ Category

March 25th, 2019

State Parks Weekly Digest

October 1st, 2018

Community Event October – 20: Birds at Sunset

August 1st, 2018

TRNERR News & Events: August 2018

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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

August 2018 eNewsletter

Border Field Temporary Road Closure
ROAD CLOSURE: Vehicle Entrance Road will be CLOSED due to truck traffic on Fridays – July 27 and August 3, 2018.
PEDESTRIANS & EQUESTRIANS should follow trail detour signs weekdays July 26 – August 8, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience.

July 28 & 29, August 4 & 5: open to vehicles Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 7:00pm. Normal schedule resumes on August 4th.

Advisory Counsel Meeting
Tuesday, August 7th
1:00 – 3:00pm
Tijuana Estuary Training Center
The Advisory Council is the multi-agency body that coordinates policy and operations throughout the Reserve. Through voluntary participation in the Advisory Council, member agencies consent to establish policies, jointly promote Reserve programs, and cooperate to provide resources to accomplish the missions of the Reserve and the constituent land management agencies. Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.
To learn more or check for future meeting dates click here.

Speaker Series – Field Experience
Bringing Back Wetlands: The Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program
Saturday, August 18
10:00am – Noon
at Border Field SP – registration required
Guest Speaker: Chris Nordby, Restoration Ecologist

Did you know that California has lost more than 90% of its wetlands? Get outside and join us for a walking tour of the restored 20-acre Model Marsh and see nearby degraded habitat where another 75-80 acres are planned for restoration at Border Field State Park. These restoration efforts are stages in a large-scale, multi-phase wetland restoration planning process known as the Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program (TETRP). Learn more about TETRP and meet one of the experts responsible for bringing wetlands back.
Space is limited, reserve your spot today at

Tijuana River Action Month is Almost Here
September 15 – October 6

Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) is a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals of Tijuana River Action Month are twofold:1) to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed, and 2) to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits, and community groups in protecting and restoring the Tijuana River.

Volunteer registration is now open for all TRAM events. Please follow the links below or on the website to participate in any of our cleanup or restoration events. All events are open to the public and all ages (unless noted) are welcome! Community service available upon request.

September 15, 9am – 12pm
Coastal Cleanup Day – Beach Cleanup
Border Field State Park
September 21, 9am – 12pm
National Public Lands Day – Habitat Restoration
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
September 29, 8:30am – 12pm
Van Tour of Tijuana River NERR
Starting at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
October 6, 9am – 12pm
Tijuana Slough Beach Cleanup
South end of Seacoast Drive

Tijuana Estuary Explorers Teacher Training
Tuesday, September 18th
3:30 – 6:30pm
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

“Tijuana Estuary Explorers” is a hands-on, in-class, and field trip program targeted at 3rd – 6th grade students. It incorporates reading, writing, and science into four comprehensive activities about the Tijuana Estuary and its watershed. It is one of our most popular programs!

Download the flyer here.

To learn more about the curriculum and sign up for the training, click here.

San Diego Bay Kayak Tours 
Saturday, August 4, 11, 18, 25
9:30 – 11:30am (weather permitting)
Get closer to nature and experience San Diego Bay on this guided kayak tour. Available for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by aparent or legal guardian. Each child under 10 must ride in a kayak with their accompanying adult. All participants must wear life vests and stay with the group. (Pace is based on the slowest paddlers in the group.) This activity may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions, etc. Dates and price are subject to change.

This activity starts at the marina at Loews Resort. Space is limited. $35 per person. Reservations are required by 4 pm the day prior. Call the Loews marina at (619) 424-4466.

Climate Teachers on the Estuary Middle and High School Teacher Training 
October 4 – 6, 2018
NOTE: times and location vary (see flyer)
Tijuana Estuary, in collaboration with the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC Region 9), is hosting the first Climate version of its annual Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)middle and high school interdisciplinary teacher training. Like the annual TOTE held in May, Climate TOTE is a field-based teacher training program that brings coastal research into the classroom. Climate TOTE will focus on climate related field experiences, ways to help ensure students resiliency to climate impacts, how to empower students to engage in the climate movement, and much more.
To learn more about TOTE and/or sign up for this exciting new opportunity click here.
Tijuana River NERR, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

March 7th, 2018

CALPA urges you to vote YES on Prop 68

On the June ballot, Californians will have a chance to address some of our state’s most important water, park, and natural resource needs. A vote Yes on Prop. 68 is a vote to support the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, a $4 billion investment in the coming years to protect California’s own unique natural resources and ensure every Californian has access to clean drinking water and safe parks.

The California League of Park Associations (CALPA) which supports and advocates for the many nonprofits serving CA State Parks, has joined a broad, bipartisan coalition of conservation groups, local park advocates, water experts, and business organizations supporting Prop 68. The CALPA board encourages all of its member organizations and individual members to join this coalition by clicking on the Join Us link at Yes68CA and sending the on line form to the email address provided. Then use the materials you find on that web page to let YOUR members, supporters, docents and donors know that you support Prop 68. Together we are a powerful voice in our State and can influence our friends and neighbors and our networks to support this important initiative.


December 1st, 2017

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Newsletter December 2017

RECON Native Plant Sale
Saturday, December 2nd
9:00am – 3:00pm
1755 Saturn Blvd, SD 92154
If you missed the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) plant sale last month in Balboa Park, you have another chance to buy California native plants at the Fall Plant Sale at RECON Native Plant Nursery. Largely a grower for large scale restoration projects, RECON has been opening their doors to the general public 2-3 times a year with a plant sale at their nursery.

Fall and Winter in Southern California is the best time to plant native plants as we move into the natural rainy season. This means less watering needs to be done as the plants get established. It also means that these nursery-raised plants learn to adapt to the water cycle of their region. It’s a win-win for everyone so you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
To learn more about RECON and their Fall Plant Sale please visit their website and their Facebook page.

California King Tides Project Needs You 
Do you have a smart phone, like to take photos, enjoy being by the water, and don’t mind getting up early?  If so, participating in the CA King Tides Project is a great way to help scientists, decision makers, city planners, and the general public visualize the future of our coasts. 
The California King Tides Project is asking members of the public to photograph extreme high tides along their local coastline to highlight how coastal homes, infrastructure, and ecological habitats may be affected by future sea level rise.
Upcoming King Tide Dates:
Dec. 2nd at 7:27am
Dec. 3rd at 8:07am
Dec. 4th at 8:49am

Jan. 1st at 7:52am
Jan. 2nd at 8:38am
To learn more about the project and how to get involved, or to watch a King Tide program on Periscope please click here.

Need Some Holiday Gift Ideas?
Why not stop by the Clapper Rail Nest retail store at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center?
New orders of a variety of items are now available!

Our gift shop is proud to display beautiful photographic prints by San Diego County local photographer, Marsha Hanson. She specializes in the native flora and fauna species in San Diego County. We also have the ever popular earrings from Jabebo made from recycled cardboard.If you need super fun tee shirts, come in and look at our Magic Tee Shirt line. There is a surprise in store when the shirt is worn outside and you will find sizes ranging from 6 months to 2XL. We are featuring a new women’s style and the regular style tee shirt in a super soft knit in a range of new vibrant colors. We also have signature Ridgway’s Rail design tee shirts in adult and kids sizes.

You’ll want to peruse the diverse collection of books. Many wonderful types have been added to our inventory, subjects ranging from kids’ ecology activity and coloring books to field and nature guides. We offer nature related toys, such as kids’ binoculars and compasses for the little explorer.
Don’t forget our signature logo TRNERR ball cap and our snazzy TRNERR patch and pin.
We are proud to also offer California State Parks online store items in our store. Every purchase you make here goes to our education efforts for the community. Give a gift to spread your love of nature to your family and friends and support the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges and the Tijuana Estuary at the same time.

Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count
December 14 – January 5th
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands ofvolunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Beginner birders are welcome!
To learn more and find out how to get involved in your local area, click here.

King Tide Hike
Tuesday, January 2nd
9:30 – 11:30am
Meets at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Come join Education Coordinator Anne Marie Tipton during one of the mornings of the January King Tide, the highest tides of the winter. Find out about how the Research Reserve continuously measures waterdepth and is a sentinel site keeping track of trends with a changing climate. Learn about our award winning planning to adapt to the impacts from riverine flooding and sea level rise.

The walk starts at the Visitor Center and will make its way over to almost the south end of Seacoast Drive and then back, approximately 2 miles round trip.
Please RSVP here. to let us know you’re coming.
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