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This weekend in San Diego Nature is about the birds and bees

Mission Trails Regional Park
Mission Trails Regional Park
Darlene Luckins

The weather is expected to cool down this weekend, making it a great time to go out and enjoy nature. Friday, May 16, 2014 is Endangered Species Day and this weekend is a great time to reflect on endangered species in the San Diego area. Here are a few things to do this weekend, May 16-18, 2014. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Hike with ranger Lisa Cox and graduate student James Hung at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 17th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This Saturday’s focus will be on native bee pollinators. Meet at the Par 4 area of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. For more information and directions, call Lisa Cox at 619-476-9150 x 106 or email

Also on May 17th, go on a bird walk with John Haddock and the Buena Vista Audubon Society along the San Dieguito River starting at 8 a.m. The location for this walk usually changes each month and this month’s walk will begin at the San Andreas Drive Trailhead. Take the I-5 to Via de la Valle and go east. Turn right on San Andreas Drive and continue until the end of the road. Call John Haddock at 760-941-7824 for more information.

Mission Trails Regional Park will have a large celebration on May 17th called “Explore Mission Trails Day” beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The events will take place at the visitor’s center, Kumeyaay Lake Campground, and East Fortuna Staging Area (where the horse corrals are). There will be nature walks, face painting, food booths and much more. Visit the Mission Trails Regional Park website for more information.

Join San Diego Audubon for an unusual walk at Mast Park in Santee on Monday, May 18th at 8 a.m. Usually, most people explore the area east of the parking lot. This time, they’re going west. The walk is expected to last about three hours. Contact Peter Thomas or Millie Basden at 858-571-5076 for details and directions.