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Weekend nature activities for the second weekend in May in San Diego

San Diego Audubon is host to a special walk in Big Morongo Canyon
San Diego Audubon is host to a special walk in Big Morongo Canyon
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

The weekend of May 10-12, 2014 is expected to have nice weather and there are a lot of outdoor activities for this weekend. It is also Mother’s Day weekend and a good time to do these activities with moms. Here are some family-friendly activities happening this weekend. The first two events are free, but the third event at the Living Coast Discovery Center requires an admission fee.

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve will be celebrating Migratory Bird Day at their Visitor’s Center on Saturday, May 10th. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a family friendly walk. and end at 2 p.m. There is also a lecture for adults. The visitor’s center is located at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach. Call 619-575-3613 for more details on the activities.

The San Diego Audubon Society will be heading northeast to visit the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in the high desert north of Coachella Valley. This birding hike/walk will take place on May 10th beginning at 9 a.m. and continue for most of the day. There will also be a second bird walk beginning at 7 a.m. the next morning. Expect warm weather during the day and cool at night. Birds in this area include Gambel’s quail, black-throated sparrows and other desert species. Participation is limited to 20 persons, so it’s important to RSVP. Call Peter Thomas at 858-571-5076 to sign up.

The Living Coast Discovery Center invites you to learn about how to turn your discarded plant material, scrapings, and peels into compost. This workshop will take place on Sunday, May 11th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Discounted outdoor composting units will be available for purchase after the workshop. The workshop is included in the price of admission. Reserve a space by calling 619-409-5900. The Living Coast Discovery Center is a great place for families and children to explore and learn about local native wildlife in San Diego Bay.