Celebrate wildlife in October!
rom wildflowers to caribou, National Wildlife Refuges are places where plants and animals have a place. This year's National Wildlife Refuge Week celebration takes place October 12-18, during which time hundreds of special events take place across the country.
San Diego County's Refuges include the new San Diego Refuge in Rancho San Diego, the Tijuana Slough NWR in Imperial Beach, where the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center is found, and the Sweetwater Marsh NWR in Chula Vista, location of the Chula Vista Nature Center.
The Chula Vista Nature Center and the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center are offering bird and nature walks, story telling and art activities for children and other special programs on both weekends and during the week. Admission to the CVNC will be waived on the weekend of October 11-12.
President Teddy Roosevelt established tiny Pelican Island in Florida in 1903 as the first national wildlife refuge. At the turn of the century, millions of birds were being wantonly killed or slaughtered for their feathers to meet the fashion demands of the day. Roosevelt's mission was clear: protect Pelican Island's birds from poachers and plume hunters. With that simple promise of wildlife protection, the National Wildlife Refuge System was born.
Now more than 500 refuges are havens for wildlife, and scenic getaways for nearly 30 million Americans each year supporting the local economies and ecosystems.
Contact the Chula Vista Nature Center at (619) 422-1481. Contact the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center at (619) 575-2704
The 7th annual San Diego Wildlife Day will be held Sunday, October 26th from noon to 5pm at the Project Wildlife Care Facility on Custer St. (from Morena Blvd, turn on Sherman, and then left on Custer). Admission is free.
This celebration of native wildlife will feature tours of the Care Facility, live entertainment and refreshments. Visitors will be treated to a bake sale, silent auction, multi-prize drawing and a selection of wildlife-friendly products. Many other local organizations will provide information on the range of animal issues.
"It is important that people learn to appreciate and coexist with native wildlife," said Project Wildlife manager Lyn Lacye, "and our event gives them an opportunity to do just that." Call (619) 579-5083 for more information.