April/May 2009

April is all about the Earth!  We hope you took the time to enjoy some of the many celebrations that took place this month throughout San Diego County! 
 Above: Regina Neves' photograph of California poppies, lupine, and California goldfields taken on the North Shore Lake Hodges Trail. 

Weekend Birding Hike!
This Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. till  
11:00 a.m.
join experienced birder Phil Pryde on the South Shore Lake Hodges Trail for some great bird-watching!  Home to hundreds of avian species that reside or visit year round, its position astride the Pacific Flyway makes this region an ideal bird watching locale!  This event is FREE.
Location:  Meet at the Rancho Bernardo Community Park - Joslyn Center
Exit Interstate 15 on West Bernardo/Pomerado.  Turn left at the off-ramp stop sign.  Drive up West Bernardo Drive and turn right at the light on Rancho Bernardo Community Park Drive.  Park at/near the Joslyn Center. 
Receive a free 10,000 step a day pedometer for participating in this hike!
And now, the big news you've been waiting for... 
Please join the Board of Directors of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority on
Friday, May 15th, at 10:00 a.m. 
to dedicate the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/ Pedestrian Bridge!  For the first time, you can take a walk or ride your bike across the world's longest stress ribbon bridge. 
This is the second of three planned 20 year anniversary celebrations for the San Dieguito River Park in 2009!
One of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy's San Dieguito Explorations Series
"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." - Frank Borman 

Experience a rare slice of natural San DIego and learn about the biology, geology, and cultural history of the area from local experts.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Led by a Riparian Biologist, this rugged, 'make your own trail' hike moves from the floor of San Pasqual Valley, up Santa Maria Creek toward the Ramona Grasslands. It includes: hidden pools, massive boulders, towering cliffs overhead, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife, and a small group size.
Note: This hike is not for novice hikers, but does not require climbing skills or gear.

To Participate :
Non-Members - $40
New Members - Join Here
(An Expert-Led Hike is a Benefit of New Membership)
Conservancy Members - $25
Proceeds from the San Dieguito Explorations are used by the Conservancy to purchase land for the San Dieguito River Park, extend trails with a priority given to the 55-mile Coast-to-Crest Trail, and for the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources within the San Dieguito river corridor.

Click here for a link to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy site for all the details.
San Dieguito River Park, 14103 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025