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Dear Preserve Calavera Supporter 

Village H North Trail CleanUp
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Volunteer Jose diligently clears eucalyptus debris from around restored plants. With help like his, native plants are able to flourish and fill-in this once invasive plant and grass-dominated site.
Village H North trailhead off of Carlsbad Village Drive, west of Victoria Avenue.

MEET AT: trailhead off of Carlsbad Village Drive, west of Victoria Avenue.

DIRECTIONS: Please walk/bike from the lower Village H trailhead near Hope School or along Carlsbad Village Dr. to the upper Village H North trailhead. Parking available at Victoria Ave.

Event is appropriate for all ages and physical abilities.
Please bring: water, gloves, and a rake (if available). Wear long sleeves and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Second Saturdays are regular cleanup events at the Village H North Trail.
Get outdoors, give back, and earn community service hours while you help to maintain the health and continued success of this open space’s chaparral/ coastal sage scrub restoration site by removing harmful eucalyptus debris, trash, and invasive plants.

Please RSVP to: Samantha Collins: or call (619) 920-9134

Annual Lake Calavera Wildflower Hike with James Dillane

April 14 2017 Lake Calavera photo 2 water level
James Dillane of the California Native Plant Society will lead this annual visit to the Lake Calavera Preserve. This rich area includes varied habitats with several rare species.

When: Saturday, April 14, 8:30 am – noon

Where: Lake Calavera Dam spillway near the Lake Calavera trailhead. Park on Tamarack near Strata Drive (3825 Tamarack Drive). Note this is a different start site than in previous years.

Beginners welcome. This hike may extend beyond the 3.5 hour time frame but you may return to the start when you are ready.

Hike includes some rough terrain, and 500′ elevation gain (up Mt. Calavera). Wear good hiking boots/shoes with good tread, hat and bring water, sunscreen and snack if you are planning on staying the entire hike.

Space is limited- RSVP required. Email or call 760-434-4312.

For location, see flyer.

The 36th National Pesticide Forum
April 13–14, 2018, Irvine CA

1044200_10151618475193880_1013432336_nOrganic Neighborhoods: For Healthy Children, Families, and Ecology presents the 36th National Pesticide Forum April 13–14, 2018, to be held at The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering at Irvine, CA.

This year’s Forum, Organic Neighborhoods: For Healthy Children, Families, and Ecology, will focus on the adoption of policies and practices that protect the health of people and the environment. While pesticides damage human health and ecosystems, the transition to organic systems that eliminate toxic pesticides are within reach. The Forum, with a range of speakers and participants, provides an opportunity for grassroots advocates, students, scientists, policy makers, and practitioners to share cutting-edge information that informs effective local, state, and national strategies for change.

Registration is open! Please register here.
Special rates for attendees available at Hotel Irvine. Make your hotel reservation here.

* If you would like more information about the Friday (April 13) field trip, touring the California Starr Ranch Sanctuary, examples of organically managed playing fields, and an "approaches to managed-goat-grazing" demonstration (courtesy of Environmental Land Management), please email:

For more information and partial list of confirmed speakers, see link.

Respect the Eagle Campaign
Save San Diego County Golden Eagles

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The Environmental Center of San Diego is launching a public education campaign to highlight the plight of one of San Diego County’s most magnificent birds.
Not easy to miss, The Golden Eagle is a big bird! With a 7 foot wingspan, it should be easy to spot, but sightings are becoming rare. They do not do well around human activity and several nesting areas have been lost to development. They have also succumbed to lead poisoning and pesticides and have likely been affecting by the recent drought.
We had resident pairs right here in Carlsbad not that long ago.
They deserve a little RESPECT!!!
Let’s help spread the word about protecting our Golden Eagles….learn more and get involved at

Our Trees Are Under Attack! Shot Hole Borer Workshop Coming Soon!

shot hole borer map

The Shot Hole Borer is an invasive beetle that is decimating native and landscape trees in Southern California. Common native trees like sycamore, cottonwood, willow, valley and Engelmann oak have been especially vulnerable. It’s not the beetle itself that spreads the disease, but a fungus that disrupts the flow of water and nutrients to the tree. At last count, it affects approximately 300 tree species. A really big challenge in detecting the beetle is that it manifests differently on tree species.

Preserve Calavera and The Center for Land Management (CNLM) are planning a public workshop to help folks identify and report suspected infestations. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. Details TBA.

The UC Riverside Eskalen Lab is the lead on tracking the borer. Their website has a lot of information including a list of trees effected and a distribution map:

Nature Journaling Workshop

Final BLF Journaling Workshop Event Flier
March Activities

Sat March 10, 8:00 - 9:30 AM:
Village H North Trail CleanUp

Located at Village H North trailhead off of Carlsbad Village Drive, west of Victoria Avenue.

Meet at trailhead off of Carlsbad Village Drive, west of Victoria Avenue.

For more information, see article on left side of page. 

Please RSVP to: Samantha Collins: or call (619) 920-9134

Sat March 10 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
Fennel Removal at Garrison Creek (El Corazon)

Join Preserve Calavera and Friends of El Corazon for a long-term effort to remove invasive fennel from the hillsides of the El Corazon Nature Park. Event includes fennel seed removal and cutting/stacking of the fennel plants. 
Event is appropriate for all ages and physical abilities.
Please bring: Water, gloves, and a hat. Wear long sleeves and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Tools, supplies, and additional water will be provided.
Walk in from: Trail head along Oceanside Blvd, just east of El Camino Real (0.80 miles in) or Mesa Drive trailhead (0.20 miles in).
Directions: Trail head parking lot is on Oceanside Blvd, just east of El Camino Real (entrance to Green Waste). Parking also available at The Villages of Monterey apartment complex in non-numbered visitor spots. Park and walk along the Garrison Creek trail to the work site.

For more information, please contact: Samantha Collins:

Sat March 24 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Rancho Carrillo Trail Cleanup Event

The volunteer trail work at Rancho Carrillo Trail will include:
• Trail erosion repairs
• Litter pickup
• Vegetation trimming
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, sunscreen and gloves. In the event of rain, the event will be canceled.

For more information and directions, see flyer.

Sat March 24 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018 Birdhouse & Nature Art Auction

Buena Vista Audubon Society is soliciting donations of decorative or functional  birdhouses, beehouses bat houses & feeders, and any nature-themed art. This might include a painting, sculpture, quilt, or other inventive art you’d like to create with nature in mind. Bring your masterpieces to the nature center in February and early March. A limited number of undecorated birdhouses will be available at the Nature Center for $8.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three vote getters.

Hosted Bar with specialty beers from Stone Brewing Co.
Wine, cheese and other gourmet treats
Live music by ‘The Endangered Speciez Project’.

Location: 2202 South Coast Highway,
Oceanside, CA 92054.

For more information, see link.

Future Events

Second Sat of the month- begining Jan 13: 
March 10: Monthly Village H and Fennel Removal work 

April 14 and 15: CNPS Native Garden tour

April 14:  Village H and Fennel 

April 21: Creek to Bay Clean up

April 28: Arbor Day 

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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