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Dear Preserve Calavera Supporter 

 Buena Vista Lagoon Restoration

After years of technical studies, stops and starts there is now a path forward to restore the Buena Vista Lagoon!  If nothing is done the lagoon will continue to silt in and gradually convert from wetlands to a meadow.  The Final EIR for the restoration is now up on SANDAG's website.  It concludes what many of us have known for a long time-  the Saltwater Alternative is identified as the preferred  project.  The Saltwater Alternative would provide improved water quality, reduce mosquito habitat and reduce flooding in the lagoon.  But of most importance, the Saltwater Alternative would provide the greatest benefit to life in the lagoon- from the benthic community, to nesting areas for  threatened and endangered birds, greater diversity of native fish  and creating a sustainable natural system that Mother Nature would  be proud of.  It is also the alternative supported by the regulatory agencies - and without their support no restoration is possible.  The first local presentation will be at the Carlsbad City Council meeting on Nov 7th. We urge everyone to weigh in with their support.  More meetings will be held with final approval by SANDAG expected in a few months.  See the full document here, Buena Vista Lagoon Documents.

Next Village H North Trail Cleanups

Karen Merrill and Marcia Stockwell give the natives some breathing room by removing eucalyptus debris.
Image Source: Sami Collins, Preserve Calavera North County Community Organizer

Help us in our monthly endeavor to cleanup, maintain, and restore precious North County open space right in your own backyard! 
These cleanup events will focus on weeding and eucalyptus debris removal around our native plant restoration site and trash removal near Hope Elementary School.

DatesSat Nov 11, 8:00 - 9:30 AM & Sat Dec 9, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Event is appropriate for all ages.

Please bring: water, gloves, and a rake (if available). Wear long sleeves and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. 

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.

*RSVP at least two days before event to contact below*
Sami Collins:

Tell your neighbors and share our event and progress on social media! 

What's Happening

SOAR Initiative In Oceanside

Some might think it is impossible to save local agricultural lands.  Oceanside is one of the few local cities that has zoning in place to do just that.  But local ordinances only work when local politicians honor them.  The initiative will give the power to the people to decide if land zoned for open space or agriculture is developed into something else,  There are many challenges to sustaining agriculture- the SOAR initiative will overcome many of them.   Let's help give the people of Oceanside the right to vote on these critical local land use decisions- help get those 17k signatures to get this on the ballot!  To get involved contact the campaign at and see the website

 First Enviro Summit in San Diego 

Our thanks to the Environmental Center of San Diego for putting together this event bringing  together a wide range of groups with three goals: to feature and celebrate the coalition based environmental efforts to date, to cultivate broader collaboration, and to invite all of the organizations to forge and affirm a collective vision to provide direction for environmental leadership.  They planted the seeds now it is up to all of us to help them germinate.

We Put Our Money Where Our Values Are

We listened to the messages by the Sierra Club and others about how big pipelines and other fossil fuel projects are funded almost entirely by the big banks -- companies like Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America.  We closed our big bank account and moved our funds to a local credit union.  To help with this effort to stop the flow of money to these climate damaging projects and learn more: 

Coyote Etiquette

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It’s the time of year when coyote young disperse to find territories of their own. And it’s also a time when we hear about more coyote intrusions into local neighborhoods. Coyote belongs in our natural spaces; in fact, he is crucial to ecosystem health and biodiversity. He does NOT belong in our neighborhoods. It’s important to understand this and be pro-active in your community on educating folks on how to keep our neighborhoods safe and coyote where he belongs. Here’s a list of dos and don’ts….
Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food but will take advantage of whatever is available including garbage, pet food, and domestic animals.
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. 
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over. 
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.
- Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other coyote prey.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other livestock.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Light ‘hazing’ helps coyotes learn they are not welcome. It is meant to reinforce their natural wariness but not to harm them. Shouting and waving your arms until the coyote retreats usually is all it takes. Sometimes a hose, noisemaker (whistle) or small stones thrown are needed. See the info below from Project Coyote for more information.
Ask your neighbors to follow these tips. It really is a community effort.
Let’s all be good neighbors and do our part to keep our pets safe and our wildlife wild!

Study-Neonicotinoids Found in 75% of Honey Samples Tested Worldwide

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The study published in the journal Science analyzed honey samples from around the world. The Swiss researchers tested for a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, a widely used insecticide in which research has shown to be harmful to bees, from samples collected as a citizen science project. They found the chemicals in three-quarters of the honey tested…in North America it is 86%. The results show that bees are exposed to this toxic chemical just about everywhere…including remote islands and the vicinity of organic farming fields…which surprised the scientists. The levels found are within the safe range for human consumption but it seems there is no refuge on earth for honey bees. The global decline of these important pollinators should be a wakeup call for humanity! In the US, bees pollinate crops worth more than $15 billion a year. 
What is even more astounding is the denial from the chemical industry that these insecticides are harmful in any way. More and more studies are contradicting these claims by confirming the negative effects on bees. Here’s another study the chemical companies don’t want you to know….a May 2017 paper published in the Journal of Applied Science by researchers at Purdue University found that 94% of the bees in Indiana are exposed to neonicotinoids during the corn planting season BUT they also found that ‘neonicotinoid treated corn did not grow any faster or deliver higher yields than untreated corn’-which begs the Question “Why do we use these chemicals at all?”
November Activities

Tues Nov 7 6:00 PM
City of Carlsbad Council Meeting with agenda item for the Buena Vista Lagoon Environmental Impact Review (EIR). Location: City of Carlsbad Chambers:
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.  See adjacent article for more information.

Saturday, November 11, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM & Saturday, December 9, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Village H North Trail Cleanups: See adjacent article for details on these cleanups.

Nov 18 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Carlsbad Trail Volunteer Event at LaCosta Glen 

The volunteer work at LaCosta Glen will include:
• Weed removal
• Vegetation trimming
• Trail erosion repairs
• Litter pickup
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.

Future Events

December 9- Carlsbad Trail Event at Old RSF Road

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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