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This weekend in San Diego nature January 24-26, 2014

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Once again, the weather for San Diego this weekend will be unusually warm and nice for January. There are several nature-related events going on this weekend, a sample of which is listed below. All events are free and it is suggested that one bring water and wear sunscreen to all outdoor activities.

The Crestridge Ecological Reserve will have a “Day of Family Fun” on Saturday, January 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be several trail related events that are both educational and fun for all ages. The reserve is located between El Cajon and Alpine just south of I-8. Call 619-447-4715 or email info@earthdiscovery.org to register and get directions.

Mission Trails Regional Park will have a free birding basics class on Saturday, January 25th beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting about 90 minutes. Learn how to read a field guide, parts of the birds, and about the types of birds around the park. The class will take place at the visitor’s center at 1 Junipero Serra Trail just west of Mission Gorge Road. Call 619-668-3281 for more information.

There will be a San Diego Audubon bird walk on Saturday, January 25th from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at Tecolote Canyon Natural Park. This is a great area to see various local scrub birds and raptors and sometimes a little waterfowl or an egret or two. Meet in the visitor’s center parking lot at the east end of Tecolote Canyon Road a short drive east of the I-5. Call Anitra Kaye or John Walters at 619-517-1168 for directions and details.

If you’re still in the mood to do more nature watching this weekend, there will be another nature walk beginning at 11 a.m. at the Tijuana River Natural Estuarine Research Reserve on Saturday, January 25th. Learn about native plants and animals in the reserve. Meet at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach or call 619-575-3613 for more information.

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