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San Diego Audubon California least tern habitat work days for 2014

California least tern in flight
California least tern in flight
Robert McMorran, USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

San Diego Audubon will begin its 2014 habitat restoration events in February. These events rely on volunteers to help prepare the nesting areas for the California least tern in Mission Bay. A list of current habitat restoration work days and locations is below, but dates are subject to change at any time. All restoration events begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 a.m. If you would like to participate on any of these days, contact San Diego Audubon’s Conservation Manager, Rebecca Schwartz at 858-273-7800 ext. 101 or email her at Schwartz@sandiegoaudubon org.

Though gloves, water, and sometimes snacks are provided, it is a good idea if you can bring your own and any type of clippers/cutters if you own any. Be sure to dress in clothes suitable for outdoor gardening with sturdy shoes, long pants, and a hat. Families with children are welcome and everyone must sign a liability waiver.

Here is the list of days and locations around Mission Bay

• Saturday, February 1st at Emory Cove.
• Sunday February 9th at Mariner’s Point
• Saturday, February 15th at Stony Point
• Saturday February 22nd at FAA Island. This island is only accessible by boat. Be aware that there are no facilities at this location and once on the island, you will not be able to leave until the work is over.
• Thursday, February 27th at Mariner’s Point. This is a special San Diego Bird Festival activity that requires a fee and special registration. It is geared to out-of-town visitors and includes a lecture on the California least tern and other activities. If you are from out-of-town and want to learn more about San Diego Audubon’s California least tern conservation program, then this would be a great event for you.
• Sunday, March 9th at Stony Point
• Saturday, March 15th at FAA Island
• Saturday, March 22nd at Mariner’s Pont
• Sunday, March 29th at Stony Point
• Saturday, April 5th at FAA Island.

The least terns are expected to return about mid-April and nesting season runs until September 15th. San Diego Audubon may also need volunteers to monitor during the nesting season.