RiverWatch April 2017!


May Is Membership Month!

We celebrated EarthDay 2017 this past month by bringing awareness to our local environment with many activities along the River Park trail. We are keeping the momentum going in May, and we're excited to launch our new Membership and Monthly Membership programs.

Become a River Park Member Today!

Our new membership levels showcase the impact your support provides, as well as highlighting the native plants and wildlife species found along the River Park Trail.

River Park Friends • $24 a year Ensures native seedlings are planted along the River Park trail, providing a refuge for wildlife

California Lilac Trailblazers • $5 a month or $60 a year Maintains the River Park Trail and prevents erosion, flooding and the growth of invasive species

Greater Road Runner Champions • $10 a month or $120 a year Creates protection for wildlife with nest box building and monitoring during the breeding season

Red-Tailed Hawk Guardians • $25 a month or $300 a year Supplies volunteers with tools and training for park patrol, riverbed hikers and weed warriors

Coyote Pup Pioneers • $50 a month or $600 a year Provides education for a school group on water quality, animal tracking and plant identification

Great Blue Heron Associates • $100 a month or $1200 a year Our premier philanthropic society provides all of the above- habitat protection, trail maintenance, wildlife conservation, volunteer training, outreach and education. In addition, Great Blue Heron Associates have unique opportunities to engage with the Executive Director and with others that share their passion.

Click here to become a member or renew your membership with the River Park today!

Featured Species: Lady Bugs, Coccinellidae

Everyone loves Ladybugs! They are a symbol of Spring with their colorful spotted bodies, short legs and delicate wings. Their coloring is part of their defense package. In nature the colors red and orange warn of danger.

Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans, but can have a toxic effect on other bugs. They have a voracious appetite for insects, their favorite being aphids, which are an enormous pest to home gardeners and farmers. A single Ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime, making it more effective against these nasty pests than artificial pest control. The River Park especially loves Ladybugs because they help to keep the aphids at bay on the plants we are using for the San Diego River restoration. You can see how healthy our California Rose, Black Sage, and Bush Sunflowers are thanks to the Ladybugs. Watch a video on what Ladybugs eat!

Members enjoy California Native Plant Tour!

On a cool and overcast morning, River Park members joined plant expert Amy Huie on a walking tour of the park. Amy discussed the River Park's restoration efforts and pointed out what plants could be used in home gardens to creative a native landscape and attract butterflies and birds.

Thank you Amy for a fun and informative tour!

Volunteer Rockstars

April is National Volunteer Month, and we celebrated with fun events like Creek to Bay Day, the Kiwanis One-Day of Service and EarthDay 2017! We want to thank all volunteers, both individuals and group members, who donated their time and talent at the River Park!

In addition we want to thank our community partners at I Love A Clean San Diego, CalTrans and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for their support!

Would you or an organization you participate want to get involved?

We currently have openings with our Park Patrol, Gate Keepers, River Trekkers and Mounted Monitor teams. Click here to volunteer!

Upcoming Events: (click on the event for more info and to sign-up!)

San Diego River Run 5K

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!

Spend May 13th with us for two education programs in one day

Bees & Honey

Saturday, May 13th at 11:00am

They're awesome, they're essential, and they're vanishing.

Learn about bee keeping and the importance of our bees.

Raising Chickens

Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm

Learn the ins and outs of backyard chicken care from expert, Richard Edwords.

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