October is when bird migration gets noticeable and many birding and nature organizations ramp up their birding walks and activities. It is also the anniversary of the Cedar Fire of 2003 and the Witch Fire of 2007 and many walks and activities may make mention of these events. Here is a short list of activities for the weekend of October 25-27, 2013. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
The San Diego Audubon Society will be hosting two walks this weekend. The first walk will be at Tecolote Canyon on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 8.a.m. This walk usually lasts about two to three hours and focuses on many native species of birds and plants in the canyon. Birds seen can include kingbirds, flycatchers, warblers, scrub jays, Cooper’s hawks and many more. Meet at the parking lot in front of the center at east end of Tecolote Canyon Road which can be reached by taking the I-5. Call Anita Kaye or John Walters at 619-517-1168 for more details.
The second walk is the first of the South Bay Saltworks walks that happen once a month from October to March depending on the weather. There are two walks, a short two-mile walk and a longer five mile walk that both start at 8.a.m. on Sunday, October 27th. The walks are inside a fenced area that is locked as soon as the walks start and are not re-opened until the walks finish. There are also no restrooms. Though families are welcome, these walks are not recommended for families with young children, especially the longer walk which could last over four hours. Birds seen may include grebes, willets, stilts, peregrine falcons, and many species of ducks. Meet at the gate on Bay Boulevard. Take the Palomar exit on the I-5 and go west. Turn left on Bay Boulevard and park in the dirt area near the gate. For more information, contact Peter Thomas or Chris Smith at 858-571-5076.
There will be a clean-up at the Dulzura-Sycamore Canyon BLM area this Saturday, October 26th from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be picking up trash and discuss the plant life in the area. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve and they will carpool to the site. Please RSVP, first, at their website or call 619-447-4715. You can also email them email@example.com.