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Things for San Diegans to think about on Earth Day

Hummingbird by Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Hummingbird by Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Today is Earth Day where people take time to think about how the Earth is doing and what they can do to help. San Diego is no exception and there are several things that San Diegans can do and think about today. One good thing about San Diego is that the climate is good all year, so there’s no excuse not to do something good for the environment. Here are some ideas as to how you can celebrate Earth Day.

Help the Earth by picking up some trash or debris where you go today. Last weekend was Easter and many parks still have trash, eggshells, candy, etc. strewn around. This kind of trash attracts gulls, rats, crows, and other animals that can cause problem for both people and other wildlife. Picking up fishing line is a great help to the animals in the area.

Planting native plants that attract hummingbirds will brighten your yard and help you save water. The most common hummingbirds in San Diego are the Anna’s hummingbirds, but five species pass through the area during the year. Hummingbirds will also reduce the number of flying insects as they consume many of those each day. Hummingbirds tend to like flowers that are more tubular in shape. Be sure not to use pesticides on these types of plants.

Taking alternative transportation such as riding a bike, walking, or using mass transit is a great way to show appreciation for the Earth. If you do decide to drive, be aware of people on bikes or pedestrians. On a side note, having a fuel-efficient car is a good thing for San Diego’s environment in the long run.

San Diego has several facilities to explore nature for both kids and adults. This includes the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor’s center, the Buena Vista Lagoon visitor’s center, Living Coast Discovery Center, and the Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve’s visitor’s center. All of these, except the Living Coast Discovery Center, are free and have many exhibits that are family friendly.