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This weekend in San Diego nature will have hikes, birds and native plants

Father Serra Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park where you can bike or walk.
Father Serra Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park where you can bike or walk.
Darlene Luckins

This weekend, February 21-23 is expected to be warm and pleasant for any outdoor activity. There are several nature walks and even an environmental work event this weekend. Here is a sampling of a few of the things going on this weekend in San Diego nature. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Contact the event organizers to confirm the event and get directions.

Rangers Lisa and Debbie will be leading a “Hike with a Ranger” this Saturday, February 22nd from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Lisa and Debbie will be focusing on native plants around the Sweetwater River. Contact Lisa Cox at or call 619-476-9150 extension 106 for more details.

At the Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor’s center, there will be a “Birding Basics” class on Saturday, February 22nd beginning at 1 p.m. and lasts about an hour. In this class, you will learn how to read a field guide and about the birds that are common seen in the park. The visitor’s center is located at 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Trail in east San Diego. Call 619-668-3281 for more details and directions.

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve will be having its usual 2nd and 4th Saturday nature walk this Saturday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. Many different types of animals and plants can be seen that are unique to this area. Meet at the visitor’s center at 301 Caspian Drive in Imperial Beach. All ages are welcome and the walk is fairly easy. Call (619) 575-3613 for more information and details.

Join the San Diego Audubon Society this Saturday, February 22nd and visit FAA Island In The Middle Of Mission Bay. This island is generally closed to the public and has been successfully used as a least tern nesting site in recent years. Volunteers will be removing brush and invasive plants and preparing the area for the return of the terns. The boat leaves, promptly at 9:30 a.m. and space is limited. Meet at Seaforth Boat Rentals on Quivera Road in Mission Bay. Call Rebecca Schwartz at 858-273-7800 extension 101 or email to RSVP.