May 21st, 2019

TRNERR May Newsletter

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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

May 2019 eNewsletter

Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 7th
1:00 – 3:00pm
Tijuana Estuary Training Center

The Advisory Council is the multi-agency body that coordinates policy and operations throughout the Reserve. Member agencies help to establish policies, jointly promote Reserve programs, and cooperate to provide resources to accomplish the missions of the Reserve and the land management agencies. Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.
To get a copy of this meeting’s agenda and learn more or check for future meeting dates click here.

San Diego Museum Council’s The Big Exchange
May 1 – 18th
**Hours vary
Membership has its benefits-especially during The Big Exchange, a membership reciprocity program taking place May 1-18, 2019.
Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges, and other museum members, can enjoy free general admission to more than 30 participating arts and cultural destinations in San Diego.   
Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services representative that you are there for “The Big Exchange,” then show your member card for complimentary reciprocal admission.
Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed here.


Please check participating museum websites for exhibitions, hours and closures.

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)
Middle & High School Teacher Training
Thursday – Friday, May 16 & 17th
8:30am – 4:30pm
Tijuana Estuary Training Center
Teachers on the Estuary or TOTE is a field-based teacher training program that brings coastal research into the classroom. Middle and
high school educators find out how to integrate their training experiences with online nationwide Reserve data and our monitoring-based field trip lessons.
See and experience science being done at TRNERR and learn how you can use it to enhance your teaching. You will interact with Reserve researchers, visit wetland restoration sites, and see the long-term monitoring that is used to manage these projects (living experiments).
For more info and how to sign up click here.

Please Welcome the 2019 Class of Information Ambassadors!
(Front – Left to Right) Judy Bourbeau, Lupe Butterfield-Gonzalez, Anne Pilgrim
(Back – Left to Right) Leslie Bassett, Julia Paige-Carter, Bob Levis, Jeff Crooks (Research Coordinator), Ali Hoffman, Ellen Frietas, Donna O’Connor, Scott Bergen, Robin Echols-Booth (Volunteer Coordinator), Demmuel Eslava.
Not pictured: Chandra Kenney, Matt Van Wagner
The Information Ambassador training is required for all long-term volunteers here at TRNERR. This 2-day, 10-hour course is also supplemented by online learning modules, as well as further, in-person interpretive training for those going on to become Docents and Restoration Guides.
You can learn more about TRNERR’s Volunteer Program here.
Congratulations and THANK YOU to all of our 2019 graduates!

San Diego Bay Kayak Tours are Back!
Saturday, May 25th
9:30 – 11:30am (weather permitting)

Get closer to nature and experience San Diego Bay on this guided kayak tour. Available for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Each child under 10 must ride in a kayakwith their accompanying adult. All participants must wear life vests and stay with the group. (Pace is based on the slowest paddlers in the group.) This activity may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions, etc. Dates and price are subject to change.

This activity starts at the marina at Loews Resort. Space is limited. $35 per person. Reservations are required by 4 pm the day prior. Call the Loews marina at (619) 424-4466.

Wildwatch San Diego
A New Citizen Science Program Helping Burrowing Owls
The western burrowing owl (Athene cunciularia hypugaea) population in San Diego County is at risk of going locally extinct. Wildwatch San Diego seeks to document the behaviors and developmental milestones of burrowing owl families “holed up” in Otay Mesa, CA.
This new project invites citizens to volunteer their time and participate in real science from their mobile device or computer. You can view the project here:
In This Issue
Advisory Council Meeting
The Big Exchange
Middle & High School Teacher Traning
2019 Information Ambassadors
SD Bay Kayak Tours
Wildwatch San Diego
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March 25th, 2019

San Diego NWR Complex Highlights

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San Diego NWR Complex Highlights March 2-22 2019

March 25th, 2019

State Parks Weekly Digest

March 25th, 2019

Jill Terp selected as Deputy Project Leader, San Diego NWRC

In fitting spirit of Women’s History Month, we are honored to announce some history in the making: Jill Terp has been selected as the new Deputy Project Leader of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Under Jill’s leadership as the refuge manager for the past eleven years, the San Diego NWR now protects and manages approximately 12,300 acres of significant wildlife habitats from mountaintops to riverine corridors. She has cultivated diverse partnerships that have allowed the Refuge to expand public access to connect our urban communities with wildlife. She is always involved with the public environmental education and volunteer events on the refuge and trail resign projects such as the Mother Miguel Trail. “Jill has demonstrated exemplary Refuge management by supporting cross-Refuge and cross-agency coordination efforts to manage wildlife habitats throughout south San Diego County,” said project leader Andy Yuen. Please welcome Jill as our new Deputy Project Leader!

The previous and new Deputy Project Leaders, Slader Buck and Jill Terp

January 11th, 2019

[Sign-On] Let’s re-open the National Wildlife Refuge System


Dear Refuge Friends,

There will be a joint oversight hearing next Tuesday, January 15th, at 11:00 ET, regarding the government shutdown and its impacts on public lands. The hearing will be conducted jointly with the Appropriations Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

We would like to enter a letter for the record addressed to House and Senate Leadership from refuge Friends nationwide calling upon Congress to pass FY19 appropriations bills and open our National Wildlife Refuge System, thereby allowing public access, refuge staff to be paid and critical habitat work to resume. It is already likely that much field work that should occur this spring and summer may not happen due to an inability to get everything in order now.
To join the letter, please use our google sign on form here.
And don’t worry if more than one person from your Friends group signs the letter, we will remove any duplicates.


Thank you,

Desireé Sorenson-Groves

National Wildlife Association

Vice President, Government Affairs

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