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October 2022

Fall is here! White-crowned sparrows spend the summers as far north as Alaska and as close at the high Sierras in California.  But they winter is here in San Diego and our birding team spotted them at the reserves for the first time this season on Oct 6.  Want to learn more about birds at a reserve?  Click on our newsletter link above to find out how.

White-crowned sparrow by photographer Craig Chaddock
White-crowned sparrow by photographer Craig Chaddock

August 2022

What is all the fuss about invasive plants?   Learn what invasive plants are, why we care, and how you can help tackle them at the Scripps Coastal Reserve.  In the August 2022 newsletter you can also read about the new Wander the Wetlands docent training at the Kendall-Frost Marsh, plein air painting, and ReWild updates.

volunteer holding an ice plant individual 


June 2022

What is carbon sequestration?   In the photo below scientists are extracting a core of Kendall-Frost mud to learn about the ecological history of the marsh, including the amount of carbon that is stored there.  Read the June 2022 newsletter to learn more!  

sediment coring at the Kendall-Frost Marsh


April 2022

On this Earth Day, say "Thanks" to a spider!  Wander the Wetlands docents collected spiders and UC San Diego undergraduates sequenced a small bit of the spiders' DNA to identify them.  See a few of the species they found in the April 2022 newsletter.

silver Argiope spider in web


February 2022

What is happening this weekend at the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System?  Watch a video from Love Your Wetlands Day in the February 2022 newsletter.

bird watchers at the Kendall-Frost Marsh in front of a sign marking the level of rising seas in year 2100


January 2022

Get involved! Volunteer opportunities.  Learn about different ways to volunteer for the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System in the January 2022 newsletter.

Wander the Wetlands docents at the Kendall-Frost Marsh


December 2021

Happy winter solstice from all of us at the UCSD Natural Reserve System! Learn about Love Your Wetlands Day and volunteer opportunities at the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System in the December 2021 newsletter.

birds at sunset on the beach at the Scripps Coastal Reserve


September 2021

Blue carbon assessment at the UC Kendall-Frost Marsh with Patti Lieberg-Clark.  Read a summary of research estimating both the quantity and dollar value of Kendall-Frost's blue carbon in the September 2021 newsletter. 

scientist extracting a sediment core at the Kendall-Frost marsh