March definitely came in like a lion and is going out like a lamb. With so much rain this winter, right now is the perfect time to get outdoors and see the wildflowers along the San Diego River Park Trail.
Featured Species: Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
Black Phoebes are small songbirds with square tails. They are sooty black, with clean, white underbellies, and are typically found perched low over water, keeping their eyes out for bugs. The Black Phoebe eats a myriad of insects, such as grasshoppers, wild bees, caterpillars and occasionally eat small fish!
Black Phoebes can be found in East County throughout the year, where the restored wetlands at the River Park have added to their nesting habitat. They are never far from water, and use mud, weeds and other materials to build their nests. Nests are cup-shaped and often stuck to sheltered cliffs, bridge supports or building eaves. Watch a video of the Black Phoebe feeding!
Become A River Park Member Today!
Besides hiking, biking, running and horseback riding along the river trail, did you know that many threatened or endangered species live along the river bank and rely upon it for food and shelter? With the loss of habitat, it is critical that the River Park continues to be one of San Diego's leaders in environmental stewardship. Arrange a tour to see firsthand how you can have a big impact on the future of your community. We offer guided hikes, a native plant tour and even a tour by golf cart!
Here's a few more examples of how members make a difference in San Diego County:
Members are expanding recreational opportunities! Both children and adults can enjoy the River Park trail by foot, by bike or on horseback!
Members grow our River Keepers program! More than 5,000 students have learned about river science, storm drain pollution, animal tracking and plant identification. With the new San Diego River Science Field Station, even more students will be able to get up close with our native plants and wildlife.
River Kids Discovery Days
On March 10th and 11th the River Park partnered with the San Diego River Park Foundation for River Kids Discovery Days. Over 1,000 children and adults participated at 15 different sites along the San Diego River for two days of fun!
This month we were excited to have volunteers from Cuyamaca College, East County Magnolia District Boy Scouts and the Lakeside Service Unit Girl Scouts visit the River Park to learn about the water cycle, storm drain pollution and California native plants and bird species.
A big THANK YOU goes out to the Volunteer Work Groups who came out to the River Park this month:
Employees from SANDAG volunteered their time to do some incredible trail maintenance
Girls Scout Troop 6072 picked up litter along the trail as part of their community outreach program
The Rock Church hosted their annual “Rock the City” at the River Park. Rock Church volunteers assisted with a ton of trail maintenance, as well as removing trash from the San Diego riverbed.
Coins for the Conservancy
The annual 'Coins for the Conservancy' contest to support the San Diego River Science Field Station was a HUGE success! In just 3 weeks, more than $4,225 was raised from 8 Lakeside schools! We're incredibly thankful to all teachers, students and parents, as well as the Lakeside School District Board members.
Big high-fives go out to:
The 4th grade students in Ms. Cookie Davis’s class at Riverview School. They produced a promotional video which was shown to students throughout the district during the three weeks of the contest. Watch the video here!
Barona Resort & Casino for helping us count the coins! Barona employees: Dana Rivers, David Collier, Tamara, Wynona, Robert, and Michael graciously gave their time by putting the donations through their coin counting machines, so that in minutes we had an accurate tally of how much each classroom had donated.
Upcoming Events: (click on the event for more info and to sign-up!)
Saturday, April 8th, 10am-12pm
Amy Huie will be giving a walking tour of the River Park. Amy will point out the plants used in the restoration of the San Diego River. She'll also discuss the best species to plant at home for a native landscape sure to attract local birds, butterflies and pollinators. Space is limited. Register by Tuesday, April 4th.
Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-12pm
Join us and our partners at I Love A Clean San Diego and the Kiwanis Club of San Diego on their “One Day of Service” by removing trash and debris. Some graffiti cover-up and brush removal will also be a part of this important project.
Saturday, May 6th, 7am
Show your love for the River Park by joining us at the 10th annual San Diego River 5K. Runners, walkers, families and your dog (on leash) are all invited!