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December 31st, 2021

TERNRR January 2022 Newsletter


Tijuana River
National Estuarine Research Reserve
January 2022 eNewsletter

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A Time for Reflection
Chris Peregrin, Reserve Manager
The end of the calendar year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future.

Since time immemorial, the Kumeyaay have existed in this region, and they continue to have a strong presence today as community leaders on their ancestral land. This past year, we at the Tijuana Estuary have had the privilege of meeting with Kumeyaay representatives to discuss various aspects of estuary management, environmental education, and a number of specific programs and projects (the Nelson Sloan Quarry Restoration and Beneficial Reuse of Sediment Project, the Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II Phase I, the 50th Anniversary of Border Field State Park, and season 1 of the Divided Together Podcast, to name a few!).

I also participated in the Leaders for Outdoor Equity program, which has inspired in me new thinking about how we can incorporate diverse experiences and viewpoints, including those of the Kumeyaay, in the management of public lands. I am thankful for these opportunities and the perspectives that have helped guide our work this year.

Looking forward, I am excited to continue to deepen our relationship with the Kumeyaay to ensure the health of the Tijuana Estuary,

as well as its significance to our future generations.

Sometimes I will make my way to the end of Seacoast Drive, overlooking Oneonta Slough, and bring a book to read while eating my lunch. This year I returned to a collection of poems called Turtle Island. I share it with you below and extend to you best wishes for a happy New Year, full of rediscovery, from all of us at the Tijuana Estuary.

The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or in the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

First Day Hike
January 1, 2022
Meet at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
This New Year’s Day 2022, California State Parks will participate in the 12th Annual First Day Hikes at parks across the state. This national-led effort encourages people to experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors with a seasoned guide so that they may be inspired to take advantage of these treasures throughout the year.

Tijuana Estuary is participating by offering a Nature Walk led by docent Jan. The walk will start at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center at 11:00am and last about 1 hour. Please join us in ringing in the New Year in this outdoor national event.

Read more about America’s State Parks First Day Hikes and its interesting history.

Seacoast drive during a king tide


California King Tides Project – Get Involved!
January 2 & 3, 2022
The California King Tides Project helps visualize future sea level by observing the highest tides of today. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the shoreline during King Tides to create a record of changes to our coast and estuaries.

Find out what time and how high the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or with a free app. Your photos will be added to a map of this season’s King Tides photos. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean, and don’t disturb shorebirds that may be much farther upland than usual.

Seacoast drive during a king tide

iNaturalist Spotlight of the Month
photos of red-tail hawk perched on an agaveThis month the Tijuana Estuary is spotlighting this iNaturalist post of a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) sitting on a dead flower stalk of a Shaw’s agave (Agave shawii) near the Visitor Center.

Red-tailed hawks are not uncommon in this area but what’s interesting to us is this particular agave has held several birds of pray as of late. Typically it was commonly seen with a white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus) sitting up high, but more recently it’s been a perched upon by not only the red-tailed hawk shown here, but also a northern harrier (Circus hudsonius) and American kestrel (Falco sparverius).

The dead flower stalk makes a high perch in an area with low growing coastal sage scrub adjacent to the even lower vegetation height of the salt marsh. This dead stalk won’t last forever. Eventually it will lean completely over and this vantage spot will be gone.

Check out this particular iNaturalist post, or all the December posts within the Tijuana River NERR.

Photo credit: Red-tailed hawk on a Shaw’s agave (biocowboy – iNaturalist).

New Website in 2022!
The New Year brings with it new changes.

One big change to look for is that Tijuana Estuary will be launching a brand new website in the coming weeks. We’ve been planning and redesigning for months and we’re excited to show off our fresh digital face to our viewers.

We think our users will find the new website easier to navigate, learn about our work, and find resources. We find it visually pleasing and a more enjoyable experience. Stay tuned!

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August 18th, 2021

Border Field State Parks Celebrates 50th Anniversary

California State Parks is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Border Field State Park with events on Monument Mesa and at the park entrance from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. In partnership with park partners, the department will host a series of interpretive booths throughout the park including the launch of a new podcast series and an app with a self-guided tour about the stories from the first people of this area, the Kumeyaay.

Below is a breakdown of the 50th anniversary celebratory activities:

  • 1 – 4 p.m. Interpretive booths at both the entrance and on Monument Mesa with Tijuana Estuary Research Reserve scientists, Kumeyaay, Gray Bears, park neighbors, and park sponsors. Launch of a new digital exhibit on scientists and geographers working across borders and Kumeyaay land use practices.
  • 1:55 p.m. Live stream on Facebook: Tijuana River NERR and California State Parks
  • 2 p.m.  Kumeyaay Invocation with Stan Rodriguez
  • 2:15 p.m. California State Parks Director Armando Quintero message
  • 2:25 p.m.  Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina


March 13th, 2021

State Parks Newsletter


January 22nd, 2021

CA Parks Looking Ahead with Hope

Looking Ahead with Hope

Hi Friends-

How are you feeling about the year ahead? Are you feeling optimistic? Ready? Maybe you’re inspired to reset in the new year. Perhaps you’re feeling all of these with doses of uncertainty, too.

For us at Parks California, the answer is D – all of the above – and I think that’s pretty normal right now.

As California State Park’s statutory partner, we’re choosing to lean into hope as we kick off 2021 and move into a year of innovative collaboration and partnerships to help our parks and communities thrive.

With our unique relationship, which was forged with the passage of Senate Bill No. 1111, we are afforded the privilege to collaborate with California State Parks like no other partner can. In fact, together we’ve already developed a set of 2021 joint priorities for the state’s park system, including:

  • Increasing park visibility through storytelling and communications
  • Broadening our support of state park programs by raising funds for Jr. Rangers, Junior Lifeguards, and PORTS
  • Assisting with increasing the capacity of state parks and their partners to address natural resource challenges
  • Creating pathways for future state park employees that is representative of California’s diverse population
  • Providing tools and training for state park scientists necessary to effectively manage resource challenges

These priorities are an addition to our 2020 priorities, like the Route to Parks Grants, and will help us build on the work we’ve accomplished so far.

With this vision for the new year, my team and I are ready to take on the quest to strengthen and continue making the state parks more accessible to all people.

I invite you to join us in supporting our mission and in helping us make meaningful impact for communities across the state.

Thank you for all you do, and all we will do together.

Wishing you and yours well,


Uncovering Untold Stories 

The California State Parks system protects cultural and historic sites that collectively work to tell a shared story of our past. That’s why, as part of our 2021 joint priorities with California State Parks, we are setting out to make state parks relevant to a wider constituency by uncovering additional untold stories that occurred in and around California’s state parks. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!

Infusing Stewardship with Equity 

Parks California joins forces with the California Landscape Stewardship Network. The Network connects collaboratives across the state to share resources and solve common challenges facing our shared landscapes. With this Network, we are excited to dive deep into how we can work across boundaries and with communities to steward lands to ensure both equitable access and climate resilience.

Drawing Inspiration from a Great Leader

Not long ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was an inspirational leader whose ideals we aim to emulate today when we think of park access and natural resource protection. Did you know Dr. King’s work inspired environmental justice groups? His efforts paved the way for environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

At Parks California, we are determined to commemorate Dr. King’s memory so everyone can benefit from parks as a place of unity and healing. Learn more about what we do here and join us in our mission.

A Growing Parks California Family

We’re happy to welcome Tony Lillios, our newest board member, and Michael Bridges, our development director, to the Parks California family! Tony is an athlete, adventurer, and an outdoorsman. He is the subject of Crossing Bhutan – the documentary that explores the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Michael has a passion for saving and restoring open spaces and for expanding educational opportunities for people in under-resourced communities. His cross-cultural view of the world has helped further economic justice, human rights, and environmental protections. Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Parks That Thrive & Shine

The latest news and events for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Big Basin, Big Relief 

Sempervirens Fund and Save the Redwoods League donated more than $540,000 to rebuild Big Basin Redwoods State Park. These donations will help the state’s oldest state park recover from the wildfire that tore through the redwood forest last fall.

Read more

Controlling Shoreline Erosion 

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2022/23 is Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Read more

Funding Rural and Regional Parks 

California State Parks is offering virtual application workshops to help local agencies and non-profit organizations prepare for a combined $46.2 million in funding for two new competitive statewide grant programs. The application is due Nov. 5, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Read more

The Three Things We’re Talking About

1. We’re celebrating the historic nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. As a 35th generation New Mexican, Haaland would be the U.S.’s first Native American Cabinet secretary.

2. GrizzlyCorps and CivicSpark AmeriCorps programs pair recent graduates with organizations to build capacity for community and climate resilience. Both programs currently have fellowship and partnership opportunities to host fellows available.

3. California State Parks teamed up with the California Coastal Commission for Getting Wise to Sea Level Rise with California State Parks! We learned about how king tides can give us a glimpse into the impacts of sea level rise along our coastline.

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December 4th, 2020

State Parks to Temporarily Close Campgrounds in Covid SAH Order Areas

For Immediate Release: Dec. 4, 2020




State Parks to Temporarily Close Campgrounds and Keep Day Use Areas Open in Regions Impacted by Regional Stay at Home Order Triggered by ICU Capacity
Members of the same household are encouraged to maintain physical and mental health by visiting day-use public outdoor spaces. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks today announced that state campsites in regions impacted by California’s Regional Stay at Home Order triggered by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity will temporarily close. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain accessible, including trails and beaches. Members of the same household are encouraged to maintain physical and mental health by going to a park to hike, walk, bike ride, off-highway riding or boating, provided that they recreate responsibly by abiding to COVID-19 guidelines. 


“Yesterday, California took an important step to address the alarming pace of COVID-19 case rates that are threatening to overwhelm the health care delivery system,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “While the new Regional Stay at Home Order is asking Californians to stay home as much as possible and for campground sites in impacted regions to close, the state also recognizes that that outdoor activity is critical for mental health and physical health. We welcome you to recreate in the outdoors provided that you stay local, plan ahead to find out what is open, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings with people outside the immediate household.”


Below are some guidelines State Parks has implemented to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:

·         Stay Local – Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.

·         Plan Ahead – The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of the park unit you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.

·         Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.

o    Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.

o    Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.

·         Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. in some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.  

·         Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times. 


The Regional Stay at Home Order will be implemented regionally once there is less than 15 percent ICU capacity remaining in one or more of the following designated regions: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. State campground sites within these regions will be temporarily closed in accordance with the new order. 


Due to the critical need to stop the COVID-19 surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity, the public is advised that the closure of campground sites may be made with little advance notice. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by the state’s reservation system — ReserveCalifornia — via email and provided with a refund. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic. As such, visitors do not need to take any action. Reservation holders can call ReserveCalifornia’s Customer Service line at 1-800-444-7275. Hours of operation: 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT.


For more than 150 years, State Parks has provided opportunities for people from all over the world to connect with families, friends and communities in the nation’s largest state park system. In response to this pandemic, for the first time in the history of State Parks, safety measures such as vehicular access closures, full closures and cancellation of reservations have been implemented at this unprecedented scale.


For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is helping stop the COVID-19 surge, including campground closure updates, please visit or follow the department on its social media platforms: FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Updates will also be posted on individual park unit webpages


For detailed information on the Regional Stay at Home Order, please visit

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