World Wetlands Day

Celebrate Love Your Wetlands Day, Help Restore Vital Wetland in Mission Bay

San Diego Audubon Society is celebrating World Wetlands Day this weekend where people can learn about, explore and protect Mission Bay's wetlands, and the animals that call it home!

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San Diego Audubon Society and UC Natural Reserve System invite you to celebrate Love Your Wetlands Day by exploring Mission Bay's wetland on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Andrew Meyer, Director of Conservation for San Diego Audubon Society explained that the Kendall-Marsh Reserve is a resilient habitat that is ready for sea-level rise and points the way towards what most of our shoreline should be restored to.

"This wetland is particularly important because it’s the last remaining tidal wetland habitat that we have in Mission Bay," Meyer, said. "We have the opportunity in Mission Bay to restore and expand in the places where it used to be, for water quality benefit, for sea level rise, resilience and for access for Native Americans."

On Saturday, Feb. 5 the community will have the opportunity to explore the normally off-limits Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve, while also learning about the importance of coastal wetlands, the threats they are facing and how local communities are working to restore and protect them.

"So folks are volunteering to put in native plants along the bank of that wetland to stabilize the shoreline, but to also maintain the habitat ready for native birds and native reptiles and native insects, pollinators and those kinds of things that need those plants as the base of the food chain," Meyer explained.

Activities are family-friendly, and entertainment includes a live mariachi band, guided walking tours, native animal presentations, booths from environmental organizations, habitat restoration and more.

To register for this free event click here.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the schedule of events as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Water and soil sampling with MB High School ECO Club
  • 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Children’s activities with SD Children and Nature, SD Pediatricians for Clean Air
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: am Western marsh walk and raft repair (12 years+) – Spanish translation available
  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Tours of upland and restored habitats
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Western marsh trash removal (12 years+)
  • 10:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Bird watching at overlook
  • 10:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Kumeyaay-augmented reality with OurWorlds
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Eastern marsh walk and raft repair (12 years+)
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Fish seining and exploring the high marsh – Crown Point
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Eastern marsh walk and trash pickup (6 years +)
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Kayak Clean up, sponsored by Aqua Adventures – Crown Point
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Fish seining and exploring the high marsh – Crown Point
  • 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Live music by Mariachi Azteca Barones MOH and BVH
  • 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Welcome by UCSD and community leaders
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Native animal presentations by the Living Coast Discovery Center and Zovargo
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Tours of upland and restored habitats
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Kayak Clean up, sponsored by Aqua Adventures – Crown Point
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Western marsh walk and raft repair (12 years +) – Farsi translation available
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Eastern marsh walk and raft repair (12 years+)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Ha kwaiyo (tule boat) making with Kosay Kumeyaay Market
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Western marsh trash removal (12 years+)
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Eastern marsh walk and trash pickup (6 years +)
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Fish seining and exploring the high marsh – Crown Point
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Tours of upland and restored habitats
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Kayak Clean up, sponsored by Aqua Adventures – Crown Point
  • 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Eastern marsh walk and raft repair (12 years +) – Spanish translation available
  • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Western marsh walk and raft repair (12 years +)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Fish seining and exploring the high marsh – Crown Point
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Western marsh trash removal (12 years+)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Eastern marsh walk and trash pickup (6 years +)
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Raffle and closing ceremonies

For more information visit: San Diego Audubon Society

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