March 21st, 2018

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System
Employee of the Year
March 21, 2018

Washington, D.C.​ The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Victoria Touchstone as our 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Ms. Touchstone is a Refuge Planner for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex in southern California, and has developed and implemented critical projects that have not only benefited wildlife populations,but also created greater public access for the community.

In her sixteen years with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Ms. Touchstone has completed multiple major habitat restoration projects, has drafted and finalized four major Comprehensive Conservations Plans for four different refuges, and expanded public access. “Ms. Touchstone’s personal dedication to conserving habitats and protecting wildlife at the San Diego Refuge Complex exemplifies her commitment to her community and to the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “But her commitment to wildlife conservation extends beyond her role with the Refuge System as she rescues wildlife and uses her backyard as a refuge.”

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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.

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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.

November 27th, 2017

International Migratory Bird Day

Environment for the Americas connects people to bird conservation
across the Western Hemisphere.
Birder Monday Supports Conservation
November 2017
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is expanding across the Western Hemisphere. Read about our latest connections, new partners, and partnership agreement with the Convention on Migratory Species.
Birdy Gifts Support Conservation

From scarves and mugs to shade-grown coffee and stocking stuffers, Environment for the Americas has a selection of holiday gifts that will make the whole family happy. Their smiles will be even bigger knowing that 100% of our profits support our education efforts across the Western Hemisphere through International Migratory Bird Day. We use these proceeds to provide free education materials to bird clubs, schools, conservation groups, and more. Thanks for your support!
You can order online by clicking the image at right or give us a call at 303-499-1950.
Fall Migration in Venezuela
Join us for a presentation from Miguel Matta of Venezuela. Miguel is an International Migratory Bird Day partner and has been conducting research on migratory birds. He will share some of the results 27 years of banding studies and his work providing community education about migratory birds through International Migratory Bird Day.
This webinar is in Spanish only. 
Fall IMBD Highlight

Fall Bird Day events are growing and the autumn programs are just as spectacular as spring migration. Despite the storms in the Caribbean, our partners there have rallied and offered programs and presentations.

Thank to everyone who has contributed to making the world a safer place for migratory birds!
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