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The Tijuana Estuary Hosts "BIRD BASICS AND BEYOND" Discovery Lab on Nov. 19

Nov 11, 2014 04:27PM ● By Paul Spear
On Wed., Nov. 19, the Tijuana Estuary (Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve) is hosting a free, weeknight open house to excite and engage the minds ofthe community at the visitor center from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme of the night is Bird Basics and Beyond and visitors will learn what it means to be a bird. 

Nest and migration stations around the visitor center will show what adaptations birds have to fly, feed, and breed. This also is a rare opportunity to see the reserve in the evening, when Light-footed Clapper Rails are calling and the lights of Tijuana are shining to the south.

"We are very excited to invite community members of all ages to the visitor center at night to engage and learn about the amazing lives of birds," said Anne Marie Tipton, the education coordinator of Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. "Folks can explore the aerodynamics of flight and the perils of protecting a nest through enlightening and fun hands-on activities."

Activities at the Discovery Lab include: What Makes a Bird a Bird?, Feeding Game, Musical Nests, Migratory Bird Tracking, and Bird Wing Aerodynamics.

Families are encouraged to spend the evening by visiting some of the new local restaurants that have opened recently in Imperial Beach, such as Filippis Pizza Grotto Imperial BeachSea180 coastal tavernK-PastaAroma Thai Restaurant, and Babycakes Bake Shop. Guests are also invited to picnic at the visitor center during the event.

The reserve is a partnership between California State Parks and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This year, California State Parks is celebrating 150 years of conservation and some of the oldest parks in the San Diego Coast District, which includes Tijuana Estuary, are over 80 years old. Go to the State Parks website at to learn more.

Sponsors of the series of Discovery Labs at the Tijuana Estuary include the County of San Diego and Think Blue San Diego. Other partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges. Call 619-575-3613 or go to for more information on the event at the estuary.

The Tijuana River Estuary is a rich biological area where the river meets the sea, and where two countries come together at the border. The Tijuana River Estuary is located on the U.S. side of the border at 301 Caspian Way. The U.S. side represents only one fourth of the total watershed, with the remainder located in Mexico, from Tecate in the east to Tijuana in the west. For more information, visit

Call 619-575-3613 or go to for more information on the event.

Anne Marie Tipton
619/575-3613 x 304

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