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Dear Preserve Calavera Supporter 

Our Land Acquisition Campaign is Underway!

Since launching our campaign last month we have another generous donor who has stepped forward to pledge $5k in matching funds.  We have now raised $1,454 toward our $30k goal !!!   With your help these critical local dollars can help us leverage other grants, state and federal funds which make it possible to buy and permanently protect some of our priceless natural lands.  

Today we still have land that hasn't been destroyed by development- open space land where we can smell the sage and hear the call of birds and feel connected to this wonderful area we live in.  

Please make a tax deductible donation here today - before the bulldozers are on the next hillside.  Note that it is for the Rosebrook Land Acquisition Fund. Donations of any amount will be matched up to $15k - so your gift will be doubled!  

For more information and to help us spread the word please see this flyer.  Please help us make this investment- for us, and for future generations.

California Naturalist 2017

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Our naturalists in training are close to completing this 10-week long certification course.  Expert speakers have shared their knowledge on our local bioregion, covering biodiversity, habitats, geology, water, botany and resource management.  Students have visited local reserves and conducted water quality tests and soil analyses.  They have honed journaling skills and contributed citizen science observations to our class project.  Our enthusiastic trainees will be a great addition to our local conservation community! 

Preserve Calavera supports the UC California Naturalist Program, (this is the second annual California Natiuralist Program sponsored by Preserve Calavera).  This program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. 

For more information about the California Naturalist Program, see 

Photos: Karen Merrill

Official California State Bat - the Pallid Bat

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There is a movement afoot by bat biologists and advocates to get the pallid bat named the Official State Bat of California! State Senator Bill Dodd has agreed to initiate the process. A key factor for the process is public support, so write a letter of support for one of our most under-appreciated species.

Senator Bill Dodd
3rd Senate District
State Capitol, Room 5064
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Bats in general provide ecosystem services that are beneficial to all of us...from pollination to pest control. Here are links to more info about the amazing Pallid Bat…

Wildlife Corner

Long-tailed Weasel - Mustela frenata

This efficient little predator, weighing in at less than a pound, can take down prey twice its size. The long body and short legs allow for hunting in tight places; under logs, in cavities and tunnels. They are also good climbers and swimmers.  
When moving in the open, weasels bound and careen with high energy-zipping along at break neck speed.
Solitary and secretive, the long-tailed weasel is rarely seen, but if you are lucky enough to spot one, it is a great delight to watch. A recent sighting was on the bluff at the beach.

Photo: Wikipedia
March Activities

Thurs Mar 16  5:00 - 6 30 PM
Community Meeting- City of Carlsbad Trails Master Plan Update

Located at Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave.

The long awaited update to the city of Carlsbad Master Trails Plan has just been released.  Attend the community meeting to hear the details and make sure the trails you are concerned about are included.  Trails provide important recreational opportunties, but are also a key element in giving people transportation choices that do not require getting in your car. Let's make sure this new plan does both.

Sat March 18 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Buena Vista Audubon Society 7th Annual Birdhouse Auction Fundraiser and Open House
located at Buena Vista Audubon Society (2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside).

A Silent auction featuring unique, handcrafted bird houses, feeders and bat-houses; hosted bar with specialty beers from Stone Brewing Co; live music by “The Endangered Speciez Project” and wine, cheese and other gourmet treats. $10 donation for all this and more.

For more info: or 760-439-2473.

Sat March 18 8:30 - 11:30 AM
 Agua Hedionda Kelly Trail- City of Carlsbad Trail Cleanup Event

The volunteer trail work at Agua Hedionda Kelly Trail-  will include:
Clearing the trail of overgrown bush,
trail surface improvements and litter pick-up.

The city will provide new volunteers with a short training on use of tools. The city will also provide shovels, McClouds, rakes, water and snacks.

Please wear closed-toe shoes suitable for hiking, sunscreen, hat and gloves. In the event of rain, the event will be canceled.

For more information and driving directions, see flyer.

Sun March 19 12:30 - 4:30 PM
Preserve Calavera Annual Wildlfower Hike

Our 2017 annual wildflower hike will be held this year on Sunday, March 19. James Dillane of CNPS will join Preserve Calavera for a botanical exploration in the Calavera Preserve. This rich area includes varied habitats with several rare species. A preliminary plant list will be available to aide in learning. Beginners welcome.  For those who can't get enough of our native plants the hike may continue up to the summit of Mt. Calavera.
Space is limited; RSVP required.  Email Paige at for more information and to RSVP.  

Tues March 28 6 PM
City Council Hearing on Master Trails Plan

This is your opportunity to recommend changes before the report is finalized. (Actual report should be posted on city website in about mid-March.)

Future Events

Sat April 22 - Earth Day Fair in Oceanside

Sat April 29 - People's Climate March

Our all-volunteer organization can not do what we do without your help.  Your time, talent and donation can make a difference right in your own backyard.  Call or email us to see how else you could get involved.

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