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This weekend in San Diego nature December 14-16, 2013

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During the holidays, many nature organizations postpone activities until after the season. For example, there will be no San Diego Salt Works tour this month nor will the San Diego Audubon Society hold their monthly meeting. This is due to the holidays as well as many members doing the Christmas Bird Count which begins about this time. There are still a few things happening this weekend for all to enjoy. The weather is expected to be clear and with above-average temperatures. All events are free unless otherwise mentioned.

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve will have its usual nature walk on Saturday, December 14th at 11 a.m. and there will be a bird walk on Sunday, December 15th at 3 p.m. Bring water and a camera and, perhaps, a rare light-footed clapper rail may pose for you. Also, look for the curlews and other shorebirds and, maybe, some ducks. The reserve is located at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach and their phone number is 619-575-3613.

For kids in the north part of the county, the Buena Vista Audubon Society in Oceanside will have a special program called Joey’s and Johnny’s Clubhouse on Sunday, December 15th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in their visitor’s center at 2202 S. Coast Highway. Kid’s activities include special tours, art activities and other kid-focused, nature-themed, play. Call 760-439-2473 for more information.

Mission Trails Regional Park will have its usual nature walks on Saturday, December 14th at both 8:30 a.m. from Kumeyaay Lake Campground and 9:30 a.m. beginning at the visitor’s center. They will also repeat the 9:30 a.m. walk on Sunday, December 15th. The visitor’s center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail. Call 619-668-3281 for more details.

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista will have an hour-long bird walk in the Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 11:15 a.m. There, you might see an endangered clapper rail or other shorebirds as they pass through on winter migration. There is a fee to enter the center. Adults are $14, Children 4-7, seniors, and students are $9, and children under 4, military, and first responders are free. Call 619-409-5900 for more information.

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