On the northern edge of Mission Bay sits the Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, a 16-acre wetlands habitat overseen by the University of California at San Diego, that is home to a wide range of wildlife. A recent repopulation program has been initiated in an effort to increase the number of endangered Light-footed Clapper Rails living in the marsh, and those who frequent the area say 28 of the rare birds have been sighted over the past few months.
Saturday, Feb. 15, marks the beginning of the Clapper Rail nesting season, which will be kicked off by the ever popular Love Your Wetlands Day event. Members of the public are invited to attend for an opportunity to help transplant native plant species, like the California buckwheat, pickle weed and cord grass.
The event will run from 12 to 4 p.m. and begin at Crown Point and Pacific Beach drives. For those interested in volunteering, it is recommended to wear close-toed shoes and old clothing. Children ages 10 and up are welcome.
For more information about the event and a short history of the work done to preserve and enhance the marsh, visit the OB Rag.
All pictures taken by local photographer and author Roy Little.