Times of San Diego: San Diegans Invited to ‘Love Your Wetlands Day’

Published on 1/22/16 by the Times of San Diego.

Nature lovers of all ages are invited to the 10th annual “Love Your Wetlands Day” at the Kendall Frost Marsh in Pacific Beach, Mission Bay’s only remaining marsh, on Jan. 30.

Love Your Wetlands Day features six hours of interactive activities, guided tours, games, raffles, and bird demonstrations to illustrate the importance of wetlands in San Diego, what threatens them, and the role we play in preserving and protecting them. It’s hosted by the San Diego Audubon, the UC Natural Reserve System, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Friends of Mission Bay Marshes.

“Families and friends will have the chance to learn first-hand about the marsh and how we can protect and restore it for future generations,” says Isabelle Kay, Kendall Frost Marsh reserve manager with the UC Natural Reserve System. “Educating our community about the importance of wetlands begins with hands-on education at events like this.”

This year’s Love Your Wetlands Day is an important part of ReWild Mission Bay, San Diego Audubon’s conservation effort to engage the public and collect input to enhance and restore up to 170 acres of wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and UC Natural Reserve System support ReWild and recently teamed with hundreds of San Diego Audubon volunteers to re-vegetate the area with native plants.

“January 30 is a special opportunity for the community to understand, enjoy, and celebrate this marsh that’s typically off limits for the public,” says Rebecca Schwartz, conservation program manager at San Diego Audubon. “This event, in combination with other conservation efforts such as ReWild Mission Bay, will help people understand the importance of protecting wetlands in San Diego.”

Love Your Wetlands Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is open to the public and requires no tickets or reservations.

For more information, go to sandiegoaudubon.org/events.