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This weekend in San Diego nature January 31-February 2, 2014

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the places listed as having an activity this weekend.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the places listed as having an activity this weekend.
Darlene Luckins

Once again, San Diego is in store for nicer than average weather. It is also the beginning of February which often means new events exhibits. Here is a list of a few nature-related activities and/or exhibits for the weekend of January 31 to February 2nd, 2014.

If you’re in the mood for a run, the Earth Discovery Institute will be having a 5K fun run or walk on Saturday, February 1st at 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.(5K run begins at 8:30 a.m.)on the Lilac Trail. There is a charge of $30 for all adults and $10 for kids on the day of the event. The special kid’s fun run begins at 8 a.m. and each child who participates will get a ribbon. Fore more details, see or call 619-447-4715.

Mission Trails Regional Park will be starting a new art exhibit in their visitor’s center lobby at 1 Junipero Serra Trail on Saturday, February 1st. Vanessa Rusczyk will be the featured artist in a show with oil paintings of western plants called “Native Flora of the American West” which will run until February 28th. The artist’s reception, open to the, public, will take place on February 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The visitor’s center is open, daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Call 619-668-3281 for more information.

If you wish to do some desert bird watching, there are two desert birding walks in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park this weekend. The first one is on Saturday, February 1st beginning at 7:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the state park. Meet at the visitor’s center parking lot at 200 Palm Canyon Drive. Call 760-767-4205 for more details. The second one is on Sunday, February 2nd beginning at 8:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society. There is also a 10% discount at Palm Canyon Hotel and RV center on the night of February 1st for San Diego Audubon members. This walk also meets at the park’s visitor’s center. Call Peter Thomas or Bob Theriault for more details: 858-571-5076.