Another Memorable Love Your Wetlands Day

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve last Saturday, Feb. 1st, for the 15th annual Love Your Wetlands Day, presented by San Diego Audubon and the UC Natural Reserve System.

Over 450 of our San Diego neighbors joined us at three locations around the marsh for a day of exploration, education, and conservation, including walks to the edge of the marsh to pick up litter along the waterline, a wildlife presentation, native plantings, and kayak outings throughout the day from Crown Point.

Almost all of the Ridgway’s rails nesting platforms were repaired and made ready for the nesting season, and over 200 pounds of trash were removed from the marsh, including plastic bags and bottles, flip flops, hats – even a bolt cutter (!).

We’re thrilled so many of Kendall-Frost Marsh‘s neighbors got a chance to lend a hand with the clean-up on Saturday, and we’re especially thankful to all the organizations that were a part of this year’s event, including:

  • Aqua Adventures
  • Birch Aquarium
  • California Native Plant Society
  • California State Parks
  • Dryad Flutes
  • Environmental Center of San Diego
  • Friends of Rose Creek
  • I Love a Clean San Diego
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Mission Bay Fly Fishing Company
  • Mission Bay High School
  • Mission Bay Park Rangers
  • Outdoor Explore
  • The Raptor Institute
  • San Diego 350
  • San Diego Children and Nature
  • San Diego City College Audubon Club
  • San Diego City College SACNAS
  • San Diego Coastkeeper
  • San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
  • San Diego Kayak Club
  • San Diego River Park Foundation
  • San Diego Tracking Team
  • Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • U.S. Census
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • University of San Diego
  • Zovargo

We’re also thankful to the elected officials that paid a visit to Love Your Wetlands Day to show their support and make remarks, including:

  • U.S. Representative Scott Peters (CA-52)
  • California Assemblymember Todd Gloria (AD-78)
  • California Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (AD-79)
  • San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (BOS-4)
  • San Diego City Council President pro tempore Barbara Bry (D-1)
  • San Diego City Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell (D-2)

In addition, we were joined by representatives from the offices of California Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins (SD-39), and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (AD-80).

And we just received great news about funding for the ReWild Mission Bay Wildest wetland restoration proposal. Five of San Diego’s nine city councilmembers officially requested the mayor to earmark discretionary spending funds for Wildest in the De Anza EIR process, including councilmembers Barbara Bry (D-1), Jennifer Campbell (D-2), Chris Ward (D-3), Vivian Moreno (D-8), and council president Georgette Gómez (D-9). Thank you! Let’s keep pushing to make sure the mayor’s budget includes a new Wildest plan for Mission Bay.

As you can imagine, we have far more photos from Saturday than we can share here or on the San Diego Audubon or ReWild Mission Bay websites, so please go to our ReWild Mission Bay Flickr account to see more photos from the 15th annual Love Your Wetlands Day.

Thank you for your ongoing support for Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve, Mission Bay wetland restoration, and our native birds, plants, and wildlife that make San Diego such a special place.