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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.

July 20th, 2017

Refuges in the spotlight

Our San Diego Refuges are highlighted in the California Refuges spotlight on the FWS home page here.

Also, here is a promo video featuring our refuges:

December 2nd, 2016

King Tides Are Coming

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. 13th at 7:54am
Dec. 14th at 8:37am
Jan. 10th at 6:58am
Jan. 11th at 7:43am
Jan. 12th at 8:28am

Please feel free to promote and participate in the king tides project! Participants can learn more about the California King Tides Project at:

We encourage participants to take before and after photos in order to fully demonstrate the magnitude of king tides. Sample photos from previous years are below.

November 2nd, 2016

Fact Sheet: Red-tailed Hawk

The most common North American hawk, the red-tailed hawk lives in virtually every state in the continental United States, in all kinds of habitats from deserts, prairies and pastures to open forests and cityscapes. View the US Fish and Wildlife Fact Sheet about Red Tailed Hawks.

November 2nd, 2016

Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass Gives Access to Public Lands and Waters

The Obama Administration launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program to give fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year.

Fourth graders can log onto the Every Kid website at and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their free pass, which allows access to national parks, forests, national wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid from September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017, and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire non-commercial vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 sites across the country.

“The Every Kid in a Park program is unlocking natural curiosity in children by encouraging them to explore our nation’s most spectacular places,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.


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