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This weekend in San Diego nature January 17-19, 2014

A curlew and willet at the San Diego Salt Works
A curlew and willet at the San Diego Salt WorksDarlene Luckins

The weather for the weekend of January 17-19 is predicted to be a nice one with warm, dry temperatures. It will be perfect for outdoor hiking and other activities. Here is a list of a few of the nature-related activities going on this weekend. All of the events are free.

San Diego Audubon will be having another tour of the restricted areas of the San Diego Salt Works on Saturday, January 18th beginning at 9 a.m. There are two different walks, a short tour lasting less than three hours and a longer tour lasting at least four hours or more. Going on one of these walks gives a good chance to see many ducks and shorebirds close up and sometimes a rarity or two. Meet at the front gate on Bay Boulevard south of Palomar Street in Chula Vista. Be sure to arrive promptly as once the walk begins, the gates are locked and there is no access to the area. Dress in comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. There are no restrooms. Call 858-740-8858 for more information.

On Sunday, January 19th San Diego Audubon will have a hike at their very own Silverwood Sanctuary beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until noon. The sanctuary is open to all visitors every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 13003 Wildcat Canyon Road just north of Lakeside. Call 619-443-2998 for more details and directions.

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve will have a special guest speaker program for all those who have trouble identifying winter shorebirds. Winand Hess, a docent and retired biologist at the reserve will help take the mystery out of identifying sandpipers in his lecture “Sandpipers-Winter Shorebirds De-Mystified”. This even will take place at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach from 10 to 11 a.m.