Archive for February, 2013

February 20th, 2013

Free Nature Walks 2nd and 4th Saturday at Tijuana Estuary.

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center (map)
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. The Tijuana Estuary protects a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Come and discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our estuarine habitat. Walks begin at the Visitor Center. All ages welcome. No reservations required. FREE!

February 20th, 2013

March 2013 Conservation Events

Saturday, March 2, 9am-1pm: Riparian Restoration, Bureau of Land Management/Dulzura-Sycamore Canyon
Volunteers have been assisting the BLM for 2 years to restore oak riparian habitat that was nearly destroyed by 2 wildfires in less than 10 years. Tasks in this area include removing invasive non-native plants and preparing sites for new seeds and plants. Oaks support over 300 native species in this ecosystem and are under threat from pests such as the Gold-spotted Oak Borer as well as wildfire, and possibly also from climate change. Please join us to support this critical habitat.

Saturday, March 16, 9-11am: Reptiles at the Ranch
PhD Candidate, Stephen Rice has been conducting research about reptiles at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve. Join him to learn about our local reptilian residents and meet some in person!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9-11am: All About Crestridge, Interpretive and ‘Hands-on’ Hike at Crestridge Ecological Reserve
Spend time with Crestridge staff to learn about the regional conservation value of this area, hike about 2 miles to observe some its most important ecological features, and do some ‘hands-on’ activities that demonstrate the EDI’s education program. Meet at the reserve entrance, 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon, CA 92021. Bring binoculars if you have them. Please RSVP.

To RSVP, and for directions or more information, visit, or contact Cathy Chadwick, or 619-447-4715.


February 20th, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Hike with a Ranger

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9-11am: Hike with a Ranger, Par 4 Trails, SD National Wildlife Refuge

Ranger Lisa will guide this hike that loops along the Sweetwater River and adjacent hillside. You might get to hear, and if you’re lucky, see endangered California gnatcatchers in this area. Park at the end of Par 4 Drive, southwest of the intersection with Steele Canyon Road. Please park politely for the local neighbors. RSVPs are much appreciated. Please contact Lisa at (619) 476-9150 X 106 or More refuge event info at

February 20th, 2013

Saturday, February, 23, 2013 – Hike with a Ranger

Saturday, February, 23, 2013, 8-11am: Hike with a Ranger, Jamul Drive/McGinty Mountain Trailhead, SD National Wildlife Refuge

Ranger Lisa will guide this strenuous, 3-hour hike that climbs the southern slope of McGinty Mountain. RSVPs are much appreciated. Please contact Lisa at (619) 476-9150 X 106 or More refuge event info at

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