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Trail rides and water birds this weekend in San Diego Nature

Expect to see birds like this great blue heron on at least one of these events
Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The weekend of April 4-6, 2014 is expected to be a mild one. There are several events that will be happening that are nature-related. It’s not too late to help the least tern, for example, even though the terns have already been seen in the area. Here is a sampling of some nature-related events happening this weekend. All events are free unless otherwise specified. Contact event organizer for more details.

Own your own horse? Join Rancho Jamul Reserve ranger Tracie Nelson for a guided hike through the reserve on Saturday, April 5th. Be prepared to spend the majority of the day on this activity, though the actual ride is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive by 9 a.m. to tack up, learn about the area, and get some tips about riding in the reserve. After the ride, stay for another hour to cool off your horse and get some desserts. Bring water and a lunch for yourself. Your horse will have a watering station along the 6 mile long trail. Space is limited; RSVPs are required by Thursday, April 3rd. Call 619-447-4715 for more information or RSVP on their website.

San Diego Audubon will be going out to FAA Island in Mission Bay to finish working on the least tern site on Saturday, April 5th. This small island was host to over a hundred nests last year. Be sure to dress in clothes suitable for yard work/gardening as you will be pulling weeds and other duties. Be aware that there is no restroom on the site and you can’t leave early. Meet at Seaforth Boat Rentals at 9:30 a.m. and expect to stay until 12:30. Boat leaves on time and has limited space. Contact Rebecca Schwartz at Schwartz@sandiegoaudubon.org to RSVP and more details.

In case working on a Saturday is not your thing, San Diego Audubon Society will also be having a guided nature walk in the Otay Valley Regional Park on the same day. Expect to see water birds and small scrub birds. Meet at the Rios Avenue Staging Area just off of Otay Valley Road and Rios Avenue, in south Chula Vista, at 8 a.m. Call John Walters at 619-267-1821 for more details and directions.