This weekend, September 20-22, 2013 is a busy weekend for nature lovers and those who want to help the environment. Several activities from helping clean up the land to removing invasive plants takes place this weekend. Here is a sampling of activities for nature lovers and activists for this weekend in San Diego. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
One of the biggest events taking place this weekend all over San Diego is Coastal Clean-up Day on September 21st from 9 a.m. to noon. There are more than 90 sites around San Diego County where you can help pick up trash, fishing lines, bottles, etc and get rewarded. Free snacks, water, and bags may be available while they last. Pre-registration is preferred, but anyone can help with picking up discarded items. Many sites have currently reached their maximum number of volunteers, but several other areas are still open. These areas include Chollas Creek, several City Heights locations, Navajo Canyon, Buena Vista Creek, and Kelly Street Park. Other locations include Lake Murray, San Diego River in Mission Valley, and many more. It is suggested that participants bring buckets to help with trash pickup. Visit www.cleanupday.org for more information.
San Diego Audubon is hosting a habitat restoration event in Mission Bay on Sunday, September 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be pulling Russian thistle and cocklebur to help clear sites for next year’s least tern nesting season. Email Rebecca Schwartz at Schwartz@sandiegoaudubon.org or call 858-273-7800 x 101 for more details.
San Diego Audubon also has a birding walk at Lindo Lake on Sunday, September 22nd from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lindo Lake is located in Lakeside off of Maple and Lakeshore Drive. It is San Diego’s only natural lake and many shorebirds and waterfowl spend their time there. Contact Bill Denton or Jim Seal at 619-443-8775 for more details.
Mission Trails Regional Park will have a special twilight walk on Saturday, September 21st from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Bushy Hill Drive and Junipero Serra Trail near Kumeyaay Lake. Be sure to bring a flashlight and dress in layers as it might cool down as it gets dark. Call 619-668-3281 for more details.