August 28th, 2022

Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II Phase I

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation have announced the opening of a comment period and virtual meetings on a draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report proposing to restore up to 87 acres of coastal wetlands in the Tijuana Estuary, benefitting migratory birds, fish and other aquatic resources.
To review the documents and submit your comments before the October 3rd deadline, please visit:
Comments are due. by October 3rd, 2022.
Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II Phase I | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

August 28th, 2022

National Public Lands Day, Tijuana Estuary

Come to the Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center to participate in National Public Lands Day. Learn how to identify plants and animals by using the iNaturalist app, play nature bingo, chat with our rangers, and get free swag!

 

A free, guided nature walk will also be happening starting at the visitor center from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. All ages are welcomed and no reservations are required.
Saturday, September 24, 2022. 9 am to 1 pm
Tijuana Estuary, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA  91932

May 29th, 2022

Empowering San Diego Urban Youth Through the Healing Power of Nature

Large group of individuals standing on a fishing dock with the words "Seaforth Landing" behind.

In the early morning chill before sunrise, a group of 13 Black youth and their families excitedly huddled together at the Seaforth Landing dock in Mission Bay, San Diego. They stepped aboard the New Seaforth, a fishing charter that would take them to their first deep-sea fishing adventure since last summer. For the members of the Blue Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization that mentors and supports underserved Black males between the ages of 13 and 18, this early April trip would also be one of their first trips together since the recent passing of Tracy Morris, the founder and executive director of the Blue Heart Foundation.

January 5th, 2022

Light-footed Ridgway’s rail

There are so many bird species in San Diego County that we would love to highlight for National Bird Day but one that is particularly special to us is the light-footed Ridgway’s rail. The Federally endangered hen-sized marsh bird lives on salt marsh and brackish marsh habitats like the ones found within San Diego Refuges. In fact, these refuges were established to primarily conserve fish and wildlife which are Federally-listed as endangered or threatened species.
You can help us continue to protect this and other threatened or endangered species by simply staying on established trails to prevent trampling plants which causes habitat or nest losses.

Photo of light-footed Ridgway’s rail extending its wings (Andrew Fisher/USFWS).

December 31st, 2021

TERNRR January 2022 Newsletter

 

Tijuana River
National Estuarine Research Reserve
January 2022 eNewsletter

Inside This Issue:

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A Time for Reflection
Chris Peregrin, Reserve Manager
The end of the calendar year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future.

Since time immemorial, the Kumeyaay have existed in this region, and they continue to have a strong presence today as community leaders on their ancestral land. This past year, we at the Tijuana Estuary have had the privilege of meeting with Kumeyaay representatives to discuss various aspects of estuary management, environmental education, and a number of specific programs and projects (the Nelson Sloan Quarry Restoration and Beneficial Reuse of Sediment Project, the Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II Phase I, the 50th Anniversary of Border Field State Park, and season 1 of the Divided Together Podcast, to name a few!).

I also participated in the Leaders for Outdoor Equity program, which has inspired in me new thinking about how we can incorporate diverse experiences and viewpoints, including those of the Kumeyaay, in the management of public lands. I am thankful for these opportunities and the perspectives that have helped guide our work this year.

Looking forward, I am excited to continue to deepen our relationship with the Kumeyaay to ensure the health of the Tijuana Estuary,

as well as its significance to our future generations.

Sometimes I will make my way to the end of Seacoast Drive, overlooking Oneonta Slough, and bring a book to read while eating my lunch. This year I returned to a collection of poems called Turtle Island. I share it with you below and extend to you best wishes for a happy New Year, full of rediscovery, from all of us at the Tijuana Estuary.

FOR THE CHILDREN by Gary Snyder
The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or in the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

First Day Hike
January 1, 2022
11:00am
Meet at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
This New Year’s Day 2022, California State Parks will participate in the 12th Annual First Day Hikes at parks across the state. This national-led effort encourages people to experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors with a seasoned guide so that they may be inspired to take advantage of these treasures throughout the year.

Tijuana Estuary is participating by offering a Nature Walk led by docent Jan. The walk will start at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center at 11:00am and last about 1 hour. Please join us in ringing in the New Year in this outdoor national event.

Read more about America’s State Parks First Day Hikes and its interesting history.

Seacoast drive during a king tide

 

California King Tides Project – Get Involved!
January 2 & 3, 2022
The California King Tides Project helps visualize future sea level by observing the highest tides of today. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the shoreline during King Tides to create a record of changes to our coast and estuaries.

Find out what time and how high the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or with a free app. Your photos will be added to a map of this season’s King Tides photos. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean, and don’t disturb shorebirds that may be much farther upland than usual.

Seacoast drive during a king tide

iNaturalist Spotlight of the Month
photos of red-tail hawk perched on an agaveThis month the Tijuana Estuary is spotlighting this iNaturalist post of a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) sitting on a dead flower stalk of a Shaw’s agave (Agave shawii) near the Visitor Center.

Red-tailed hawks are not uncommon in this area but what’s interesting to us is this particular agave has held several birds of pray as of late. Typically it was commonly seen with a white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus) sitting up high, but more recently it’s been a perched upon by not only the red-tailed hawk shown here, but also a northern harrier (Circus hudsonius) and American kestrel (Falco sparverius).

The dead flower stalk makes a high perch in an area with low growing coastal sage scrub adjacent to the even lower vegetation height of the salt marsh. This dead stalk won’t last forever. Eventually it will lean completely over and this vantage spot will be gone.

Check out this particular iNaturalist post, or all the December posts within the Tijuana River NERR.

Photo credit: Red-tailed hawk on a Shaw’s agave (biocowboy – iNaturalist).

New Website in 2022!
The New Year brings with it new changes.

One big change to look for is that Tijuana Estuary will be launching a brand new website in the coming weeks. We’ve been planning and redesigning for months and we’re excited to show off our fresh digital face to our viewers.

We think our users will find the new website easier to navigate, learn about our work, and find resources. We find it visually pleasing and a more enjoyable experience. Stay tuned!

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