AAZK San Diego is excited to be able to share the following local conservation participation projects with our members and friend.
1. CA Least Tern Habitat Restoration at Mariner’s Point
WHEN: Sunday, February 18th
WHERE: Mariner’s Point in Mission Bay
TIME: from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us as we join San Diego Audubon and restore nesting habitat of the endangered CA Least Tern.
We will be working to remove invasive plants from Mariner’s Point. We’re doing this to promote nesting by the California Least Tern (an endangered species) and to create space for native coastal dune plants.
Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and sun/rain protection as weather indicates. Work gloves will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own pair if available. We’ll have water, but don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle for refills!
For questions/directions/RSVP: Call or email our Restoration Program Manager, Megan Flaherty at email@example.com or (858) 273-7800 x106.
2. Seal Conservancy (http://sealconservancy.org/) seal count.
WHEN: Feb 22 and 23
WHERE: Casa Beach in La Jolla
TIME: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
CONTACT: AAZK SD Conservation Officer Grace at 619-548-1232 to participate
The chain is up, and the 2018 harbor seal pupping season has begun at Casa Beach in La Jolla. The sandy beach is closed to the public until May 15, 2018. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to come see the seals, undisturbed by people for the next 5 months as they give birth, nurse, and rear their pups. A truly beautiful sight!
We will be at the beach from 9am -11am. You may arrive at 9 or 10, be sure to bring your phones as the count is all done electronically through Seal Conservancy’s website. Dress according to the weather that day. Bring your binoculars.
Seal Viewing Tips for Visitors to Casa Beach General Tips:
- You are most likely to see a live birth of a harbor seal pup between February 4 and March 4 of any given year.
- You are most likely to see the greatest number of seals on the beach between April 24 and June 6.
- You are least likely to see any seals on the beach between 8am and sunset during the months of July, August, and September. Pupping Season (December 15 to May 15)
- The sandy beach is closed to the public by City Ordinance between December 15 and May 15 each year. To watch the pregnant seals and their newborn pups, stay on the mid-landing behind the chain, or you can observe from the sea wall or the sidewalk above Casa Beach.