Archive for December, 2017

December 12th, 2017

Hike ‘n Help YOUR SD National Wildlife Refuge

Hike ‘n Help
SD National Wildlife Refuge

(photo San Diego Reader)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 9am-12pm:
SDNWR Hike ‘n Help

Join EDI and the US Fish and Wildlife Service this Saturday (FWS) for a hike to learn about the habitat, then lend a hand to help with a current restoration project. In partnership with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Program and the California Coastal Conservancy, EDI and FWS are removing weeds and installing native plants along the Sweetwater River. Refuge Manager Jill Terp will walk you through the project area, share info about the creatures and habitats that will benefit, then we’ll rake to remove dry non-native grasses from some of the planting areas. Wear a hat, suncreen and long pants. Bring a water bottle. Water, drinks, and snacks will be provided. 
Follow  Millar Ranch Road south from Campo Road in Ranch San Diego for .2 (2/10) mile to gate on right. Turn in at gate and you will be directed to parking.

Please RSVP! 619-654-3793 or

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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