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Owl prowl and reptiles this weekend in San Diego nature

Side-blotched lizard, a common lizard in San Diego County
Side-blotched lizard, a common lizard in San Diego County
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August is often a time when people begin to see fall changes not only in the weather, but in the birds and animals. Most birds have stopped breeding and many people are reporting an increase in migratory birds. As summer begins to come to a close, many nature-related events and activities have begun again.

Here are a few events that are going on for the weekend of August 15-17, 2014. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Contact event organizer for more details.

The Earth Discovery Institute wants you to “Come See the Critters” on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, August 16th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Herpetologists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be there to talk about native reptiles on the reserves. A short hike will follow, so be sure to bring hiking shoes, water, and sun protection. The reserve is located just off the 94 on Campo Road. Call Ranger Lisa at 619-476-9150 x106 or email Lisa-Cox@fws.gov to RSVP and get directions.

At the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Aaron Quintanar, Co-Executive Director of World's Aquarium will talk about the “Fall of the Sea of Cortez”. Mr. Quintanar will discuss the environmental concerns of the important ecosystems in that area. The lecture will take place on Saturday, August 16th at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact the reserve for more information at (619) 575-3613 for more information.

Want something different to do on that same day? How about viewing wildlife in the bay from a kayak? San Diego Bay Kayak Tours will have a tour on August 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35 a person and reservations are required by 4 p.m. on August 15th. The tours will start at Loews Resort at the marina in Coronado. Call 619-424-4466 to register and for more information.

Finally, Mission Trails Regional Park will be having an “Owl Prowl” on August 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mission Trails guide and Bird Walk Leader Jeanne Raimond will be the guide to finding owls in the area. Expect the event to last about two hours. Meet at the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Lake Campground on the corner of Father Juniper Serra Drive and Brushy Hill Drive. This event is limited to 40 participants, so sign up early at 619-668-3281.