Virtual ReWild Events This Month

We all know February is shy on days, but most years our annual Love Your Wetlands Day keeps February busy for ReWild Mission Bay.

Unfortunately, since the COVID-19 pandemic remains a fact of life, we’ve had to replace Love Your Wetlands Day at Kendall-Frost Marsh with a series of digital options, but we’re confident you’re going to enjoy what we have on the calendar this month.

A ReWild Success Story In Santa Barbara County

Join Citizens Coordinate for Century III, UC San Diego Natural Reserve System, and ReWild via Zoom for a special webinar this Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll welcome Dr. Lisa Stratton from the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UC Santa Barbara for a presentation on the successful restoration of the North Campus Open Space site at UCSB, in which an oceanside golf course in a reclaimed slough at the mouth of Devereux Creek in Goleta was “rewilded” with native wetland habitat in a project that’s smaller, but very similar, to our long-term rewilding goals for northeast Mission Bay.

Register for the event via the San Diego Audubon website.

The Future Is Now: Debut of the King Tides Video Project

And join us the following Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. as we spotlight the coastal effects of climate change via a short video about King Tides and a presentation from the City of San Diego on their resiliency planning and actions thus far.

We’ve partnered with the California King Tides Project to create a short video called The Future is Now: King Tides, a yearlong collaborative effort to document the increasing severity and impact of King Tides along the San Diego coast. This serves as a warning of what we can expect as sea levels continue to rise over the next 80 years, and as King Tides go from a twice-a-year phenomenon to a daily high tide expectation. Find out more and register for the event here.

In order to make the ReWild project a reality, we also need the support of our local elected officials, and we’re pleased to be able to debut special video greetings from several area representatives at our events on the 9th and 16th.

New ReWild Coalition Members

The ReWild Coalition continues to grow, and we’ve now reached 51 member organizations including the Indian Education Equity Team of the Rincon Band of LuiseƱo Indians, the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance, the San Diego chapter of the Climate Reality Project, and Kai Pono Solutions. Welcome the newest members to our growing community coalition.

If you’d like information about submitting a letter of support, joining the coalition, or having Andrew, Tommy, or any of our ReWild team give a presentation to your organization, please let us know.

In the meantime, we look forward to you joining us for the first of this month’s ReWild webinars this Tuesday the 9th. Visit the San Diego Audubon website for more virtual Love Your Wetlands Day events.

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

Photo of rainbow over Devereux Creek in Goleta courtesy of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration.