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Least tern habitat work and Salt Works tour this weekend in San Diego Nature

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After last weekend’s rain, this weekend should be nice to get outside and explore nature in San Diego. This weekend’s weather is expected to be pleasant and warm. Here are a few nature-related events going on in San Diego for the weekend of March 7-9, 2014. All events are free unless otherwise mentioned. For detailed information and directions, please contact the event organizer.

There will be an extra tour of the San Diego Salt Works this Saturday, March 8th beginning at 8 a.m. This event may be canceled if breeding activity is noted in the area. There are two tours, a short tour of only about two to three hours or a longer tour that can last four hours or more. Both tours start promptly and once the tour begins, there will be no access to the site. Though children are welcome on this tour, it can be a bit long for very young children. There are also no restrooms or other facilities. To get to the Salt Works, take the I-5 to Palomar Road, go west to Bay Boulevard and turn left. The Salt Works will be on the right side about ¼ mile to the south.

For those of you who want to both help an endangered bird and remove invasive plants, there will be a least tern habitat work event on Sunday, March 9th at 9:30 a.m. This week’s work will take place at Stony Point in Mission Bay. This is just outside the dog run on the west side of Fiesta Island. Please park outside the fence and walk to the back of the park where you will see the San Diego Audubon Society's table. Contact Rebecca Schwartz at Schwartz@audubon.org for more details. Update: There has been a site change and the work will now take place at Mariner's Point.

Join the Earth Discovery Institute for a special tour of the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve as they tour both natural and historical areas of the reserve. The hike, beginning at 9 a.m., is over four miles and will take at least three hours. It will end at the historic ranch house where you can stop and eat the lunch you brought. Be sure to dress for hiking through chaparral with long pants, sturdy shoes and a hat. Space is limited and reservations should be made by this Thursday, March 6th. Call 619-447-4715 to RSVP or visit their website to reserve a space online.

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