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This weekend in San Diego nature has cool storytelling and hot bird watching

Birds at the Salton Sea at sunrise
Birds at the Salton Sea at sunrise
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Summer is San Diego usually means a trip to the beach and not so much hiking and nature-related activities. Most migratory birds have left the area and a lot of hiking trails are dry and hot. But, there are a few unique nature-related activities going on in the region this weekend. Here is a list of a few of them coming up this weekend, July 25-27, 2014.

This weekend is predicted to be hot and humid, so why not enjoy an air conditioned venue? The Mission Trails Regional Park will have a unique storytelling event this Sunday, July 27th at 3 p.m. The fourth annual “Whispers of the Wind” will feature professional storytellers from the Storytellers of San Diego. Stories will include Native American folklore and nature tails. It will be held in the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor’s center theater at 1 Junipero Serra Trail. Call 619-668-3281 for more details.

If hot weather is your thing, join the San Diego Audubon Society at the Salton Sea for some summer birding with Bob Miller. This will be a two day trip meeting in Brawley at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th to discuss location and plans. Birding will begin early in the morning (before dawn) on Sunday, July 27th and end about 1 p.m. Be sure to prepare for the hot weather and bring plenty of snacks and water. For more information call Peter Thomas at 858-571-5076 or email him at

Love visiting the Crestridge Reserve? Then, join their volunteer patrol and learn about the reserve and its wildlife. This Saturday, July 26th, there will a presentation about the insect life in the reserve and their benefits. Meet at the Hubbell visitor’s center at 8:30 a.m. A light hike will take place after the talk. RSVPs are required. Call 619-447-4715 or for more information and to sign up.

A reminder that the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center will be closed for renovations until October. There will be no meetings or activities and no restrooms until then. All trails are open, though.