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This weekend in San Diego nature is about watching birds and spring cleaning

Great egret
Great egret
Photo by Joe Raedle

While the weather earlier in the week was hot, the weekend of May 2-4, 2014 is expected to be cooler and more pleasant. The weather should be good for any type of outdoor activity this weekend. Here are some of the nature-related activities happening in San Diego. All events are free.

The Earth Discovery Institute will have two events this weekend, both on Saturday, May 3rd. The first one will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Crestwood Ecological Reserve. It involves pulling weeds and cleaning up the reserve. Be sure to bring water and wear gardening clothes and sunscreen. Contact the EDI at info@earthdiscovery.org or call (619)447-4715 for more details or to RSVP and get directions. The second event is a free manure management workshop with the Solana Center in Bonita for those who have livestock. This workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact the Solana Center at compost@solanacenter.org or call (760)436-7986 ext. 217 for more information and to RSVP and get directions.

The San Diego Audubon Society will have a bird watching field trip at Kitchen Creek in the far east county. Here, you should see birds that are normally not seen in the city limits. The walk will take place on Saturday, May 3rd from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meet at the Cameron Ranger Station parking lot. Take I-8 east, exit Kitchen Creek Road and turn left. The ranger station is on the right. Call (858)571-5076 for details and directions.

Expert birder Winand Hess will be giving the first of his twice-monthly bird walk at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve this Sunday, May 4th at 3 p.m. This hour long easy walk will take you to areas where you might see the endangered light-footed clapper rail, yellow-crowned night heron, shorebirds, and ducks. Meet at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach.