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This weekend in San Diego nature January 3-5, 2014

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The first weekend of 2014 means hiking, bird watching and other activities before winter vacation ends. The weather is expected to be mostly clear and dry with seasonal temperatures. January is a great time to view migrating birds before they begin to leave the area to go back to their northern nesting grounds. Here is a sample of some of the nature-related activities for the weekend of January 3-5, 2014. All events are free

There will be an Astronomy Night and hike hosted by the Earth Discovery Institute on Friday, January 3rd from 7-10 p.m. This time of year, the Quantrantid meteor shower should be taking place. Be sure to dress warmly as night can be cool, even in San Diego. Contact the Earth Discovery Institute at 619-447-4715 or email info@earthdiscovery.org to RSVP and get directions.

On Saturday, January 4th, you can “Hike with a Ranger” at the Sweetwater loop/Singer Lane Parking Lot from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the San Diego Wildlife Refuge. Learn about local plants and wildlife and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is protecting them. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Families are welcome. Call Lisa Cox at 619-476-9150 x106 or email Lisa_Cox@fws.gov to RSVP or for more details.

San Diego Audubon will host a walk around Chollas Lake on Saturday, January 4th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Chollas Lake is located off of College Grove Drive just north of Highway 94 and west of the College Grove Shopping Center. The lake hosts many species of local birds as well as a good number of domestic and wild waterfowl. Recently, a snow goose was seen at this lake. Merlins, red-tailed hawks, sapsuckers have are regularly seen at this lake. Parking is at “Gloria’s Mesa”, just west of the main gate. Call Jim Banks at 619-287-7746 for more details and directions.

Beginning January 4th, Mission Trails Regional Park will host a group exhibition called “Nature Awakening” at its visitor’s center. Seven local nature artists working in various media will be participating. The exhibition will run until the end of January with a reception on January 5th from 1-4 p.m. The Mission Trails Regional Park visitor’s center is located at 1 Junipero Serra Dive and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Vicky DeLong for more information at 619-286-1361 for more details about this exhibit or other art programs at Mission Trails.

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