Border Field State Park: Divided Together App is LIVE on Apple and Google! The Podcast series has been launched!

The Border Field State Park: Divided Together app is live on Apple and Google. The app is a self-guided tour with highlights of the Divided Together podcast (coming soon) and is meant for high school age and up. There are currently three stops to the tour, with more coming: Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border, Indigenous Land Use Practices, and Scientists and Geographers Working Across Borders.

Each stop is geopositioned around the turf on Monument Mesa. It has text, quotes, and an audio excerpt from the podcast. 

You can find the app on Apple or Google by searching for “Border Field State Park.” Before you come to the Park, it is recommended that you download the app, then download the tour (1 MB). If not, you can download the app closer to the entrance of the park, where there is better service. We recommend this because the service can be spotty on Monument Mesa.

Alternatively, you can also use the web app https://borderfieldsp.stqry.app from any device that has access to the internet.

Divided Together Podcast

Episode 4: Human Rights Along the Border

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Pedro Rios Director of the U.S. Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee. Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.

In 1917 during World War I, there was concern among Quakers- a largely religious group of people – to find ways to serve without joining the military or taking lives.

The American Friends Service Committee quickly established itself as an organization for humanitarian relief and social change. They were also in direct contact with the U.S. military discussing how to move forward with conscientious or religious objectors to war. This was in direct response to the military’s inconsistency in dealing with religious objectors during previous periods of conflict.

Over time, the American Friends Service Committee’s reputation grew. In 1947, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and since then have worked with groups from all backgrounds and cultures around the world to promote a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. Here in the Southern California border region, this work largely focuses on immigration and humanitarian concerns.

In this episode we’ll hear how the American Friends Service Committee has had an impact on the border region and the lives of those involved in the work they do.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Episode 3: Indigenous Land Use Practices

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This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.

As climate change continues to wreak more havoc both locally and abroad, how we manage land will become more of a significant factor in protecting the planet’s resources. However, here in California, we don’t have to look far to find ways to accomplish that. 

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay have implemented land management practices to both protect and enhance resources and productivity of the land, whether it’s for food or medicine or other raw materials. To this day, some of those traditional practices are still in use. This ranges anywhere from building rock walls to utilizing controlled burns.

In this episode of Divided Together, we’ll hear from two members of the Kumeyaay Nation and how their ancestors have used the land’s resources to benefit both the land and the people, as well as why these practices are necessary in our increasingly changing climate.

This episode closes with a special twenty-seven-year-old recording of the late San Jose de la Zorra elder, Gloria Castaneda, describing the juncus collecting song. Audio courtesy her daughter, Ana Gloria Rodriguez.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photo: Kristie Orosco, San Pasqual Band of Diegueno; Mike Connolly, Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians.

Photo Credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Episode 2: Scientists and Geographers Working Across Borders

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Photos: (left to right)- Dr. Jeff Crooks, TRNERR Research Coordinator; Dr. Julio Lorda, UABC; Dr. Trent Biggs, SDSU; Dr. Napoleon Gudino, UABC. Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral 

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay. 

In 1982, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve was established. Its goal was, and still is, to enhance scientific collaboration and research within the watershed that is split between two countries, Mexico and the United States. Three quarters of this massive water basin lies in Mexico, making this collaboration even more necessary and important. 

Over time, various research partnerships were created to study erosion, sedimentation, and tropicalization. More recently, geography professors have studied erosion and sedimentation in Los Laureles Canyon in Tijuana, a sub-watershed that flows right into Border Field State Park. When it comes to the ocean, tropicalization is another significant collaboration topic. 

In this episode we’ll hear from some of the geographers and scientists working back and forth across the border, some of the challenges and rewards they’ve encountered, and ways to make studying this landscape and marine environment more accessible.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photos: (top to bottom)- Dr. Jeff Crooks, TRNERR Research Coordinator; Dr. Julio Lorda, UABC; Dr. Trent Biggs, SDSU; Dr. Napoleon Gudino, UABC.

Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Episode 1: Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border

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Ana Gloria Rodriguez, Kumeyaay from San Jose de la Zorra, Mexico from the “Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border” episode.

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay. 

When the border between the United States and Mexico was established in the 1850s, the land of the Kumeyaay was split between the new American state of California and northern Mexico. People and culture were immediately divided. In the over 170 years since, the effects on the culture and land management have become evident.

In this first episode of Divided Together, we’ll hear from a respected member of the Kumeyaay Nation, Ana Gloria “Martha” Rodriguez. For nearly 20 years, Martha and her family have been important stakeholders for California State Parks in San Diego County, often sharing cultural knowledge and providing invaluable feedback on proposed projects. She and her husband, Dr. Stanley Rodriguez, participated in our Fiesta del Rio event for ten years. They both run the Kosay Kumeyaay Market in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. We’ll hear how this border has had an impact on the people and the land over the centuries, and we’ll hear what Martha is doing to help prevent further erosion and maintain the Kumeyaay way of life and spirit.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Re-Opening! COVID-19 Update

EFFECTIVE (October 15, 2021) – Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center is re-opened for normal business days/hours. Border Field State Park is temporarily closed to vehicles due to flooding from recent storm activity. Some roads and trails may be flooded with sewage contaminated water and mud. The park is currently OPEN to hiking, biking and equestrian activity. The wet and muddy areas are closed. Do not walk off trail or enter closed areas.

 

Here are some additional guidelines for visiting the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve:

What is open now?

  • The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset for walking, hiking and bike.
  • The following trails are open: River Mouth Trail, Visitor Center Trail, N. and S. McCoy Trail, and Clapper Rail Trail.
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.
  • The parking lot and restrooms adjacent to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.
  • Border Field SP is open to hiking, biking, equestrian activity.

What is currently closed?

  • Border Field SP is closed to vehicles.
  • Restrooms at Border Field SP are closed.
  • Friendship Circle is closed. Be advised that Friendship Circle is operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Recreate Responsibly
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead– Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe– Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  • Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
    • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
    • Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.

Thank you for your interest in the Tijuana Estuary and Border Field State Park. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates: Facebook  I  Twitter  I  Instagram.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit CA State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center

 

Baja King Tides Project

Corte de listón para la exposición fotográfica del concurso “Baja King Tides” en el museo Caracol.

GANADORES

Durante y después de evento King Tide

Lugar: UABC Campus Punta Morro, Ensenada, B.C.

Fecha evento: 16 de noviembre de 2017. (Hora: 8:00)

Fecha después: 16 de Noviembre de 2017. (Hora: 12:00)

Autor: Carmina Serrano

CATEGORÍA LLUVIAS (KING FLOODINGS) 
Durante y despues de evento de lluvias.

Lugar: Calle 2da y Ave. Macheros, Ensenada, B.C.

Fecha evento: 09 de enero de 2018. (Hora: 11:10)

Fecha despues: 11 de enero de 2018. (Hora: 8:29)

Autor: Isabel Raymundo.

Durante y después de evento King Tide

Lugar: Playas de Tijuana, Tijuana, B.C.

Fecha evento: 9 de enero de 2018. (Hora: 8:00)

Fecha después: 11 de enero de 2018. (Hora: 12:00)

Autor: Anna Lucia Lopez

Prensa
http://www.elvigia.net/general/2018/5/5/presentan-exposicin-fotogrfica-concurso-baja-king-tides-302800.html

https://cambiobc.info/2018/05/05/atestigua-gobierno-del-estado-exposicion-fotografica-de-baja-king-tides-project

Tijuana River Mouth Dredging Project

The Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) plans to relocate sand from the mouth of the Tijuana River over the weekend on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Up to 8,000 cubic yards of beach sand will be excavated from the river mouth using heavy equipment. Sand will be transported by trucks and redeposited along the existing low sand dunes south of Seacoast Drive.

The beach will be closed to the public approximately ½-mile south from the end of Seacoast Drive to the river mouth. The closed area will be delineated in the field. In the interest of public safety, we ask all members of the public to avoid the closed areas.

Biological and Kumeyaay cultural resource monitors will be present during construction. The nesting season for the western snowy plover, a federally threatened bird, is approaching, and Refuge biologists will ensure minimal impacts to plovers or other sensitive species will occur from the project.

The Refuge obtained a five-year permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow dredging and related inlet maintenance at the Tijuana River mouth to maintain an open inlet and facilitate tidal exchange. The permit would allow inlet maintenance dredging of up to 10,000 cubic yards per year of sandy material that would be beneficially used to enhance the existing barrier sand dune system.

The mouth of the Tijuana River is highly susceptible to closure due to the condition of the estuarine tidal prism and the movement of imported and native sand on the beach. The most recent closures occurred in March – April of 2015, May and September of 2016, and April 2017.

The proposed project for March 10 and 11, 2018 is intended to reduce the likelihood that the river mouth will close to tidal circulation during the upcoming 2018 nesting season for the threatened western snowy plover, endangered California least tern and light-footed Ridgway’s rail, and many other species.

We apologize for any inconveniences over the weekend as a result of this project.

Contact: Brian Collins, Refuge Manager, 619-575-2704 x 302, brian_collins(at)fws.gov

Border Educational Plaza Project Updates

Check this webpage for project updates.

 

Second Public Meeting / Segundo Taller Comunitario
Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
at the San Ysidro Community Center (Casa Familiar) 
Click to view flyer. 

Presentation from First Community Meeting/Presentación del Primer taller Comunitario

Please direct questions or comments to:
Anne Marie Tipton
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
619-575-3613 ext.304
annemarie.tipton(at)parks.ca.gov

 

Volunteer Forms

If your volunteer location is Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center – print and fill out these forms to bring to event:

  1. Parent/Guardian Consent Form
    Volunteers under 18 yrs of age must have the above signed waiver by parent or guardian and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Adult Volunteer Form

 

If your volunteer location is Border Field State Park – print and fill out these forms to bring to event:

  1. Parent/Guardian Consent Form
    Volunteers under 18 yrs of age must have the above signed waiver by parent or guardian and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Adult Volunteer Form

Wings in Wood

Bird Sculptures on Display at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center Bookstoreleastternhamm_compressed for web

TRNERR bird walk docent, Kevin Hamm, captures the beauty of some of our local threatened birds and gives us a glimpse at their lives. Whether plunge diving or singing, the birds have been meticulously crafted giving fine detail and allowing for an up close experience with birds difficult to see in the wild. The realism of the sculptures is a culmination of Hamm’s passion for birds which was fostered through his volunteer work at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Through numerous hours spent observing and photographing these birds, Hamm merges his skills in woodworking to bring attention to the fine details of these birds and strives to pass along his passion and appreciation for them. Hamm explained that “as a volunteer docent at the Tijuana Estuary, I have developed a true appreciation for birds and hope to pass this along through my talents in woodworking.

Kevin Hamm at appreciation party with Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Murphy.

Kevin Hamm at appreciation party with Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Murphy.

Kevin Hamm has 20 years’ experience in the woodworking industry. He is a self-taught wood carver and painter who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology. He recently exhibited works at the San Diego County Fair where he won 4th prize. You can join Hamm at his 3pm first Sunday bird walk at the Visitor Center each month.

The beautiful pieces will be on display from July 8 – August 19, 2016 in the bookstore. They are available for sale along with his bird photography and the proceeds allow the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges to support environmental education at the Reserve. To see more of his artwork or to contact Kevin Hamm please go to his Wings in Wood Facebook page.

Join us for Earth Day

on April 18, 2015!

Habitat Restoration – Saturday, April 18  9:00am – 12:00pm @ 3rd Street & Imperial Beach Blvd.

Volunteers needed to help plant a native butterfly garden. We will be planting California native butterfly plants and weeding out those pesky non-natives. Children’s art contest. Come join the fun!

Please register in advance so we know how many volunteers to expect.

Event Information

Who? Open to the entire community – all ages welcome. Families, individuals, groups and organizations are welcome to participate.
Groups  – If your group will include minors without their parent or legal guardian, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer(at)trnerrtest.wpengine.com prior to the event to obtain the necessary parental consent forms. All volunteers under 18 must bring parent-signed permission forms, available by request. Volunteers under the age of 16 must attend with a parent or guardian.

What? Habitat restoration. Invasive plant removal, native plant installation.

Where? 3rd Street & Imperial Beach Blvd.
Directions: Take 5 south to the Coronado Ave. exit. Make a left, heading west. Continue west, the road will change names to Imperial Beach Blvd. Event will be on the left at 3rd St. There is some free parking along I.B. Blvd. If street parking is full, make a left on 3rd and follow the road around the bend to the left. This will be Caspian Way. Park  in the Visitor Center lot on the right.

What to wear/bring? Volunteers must work in long pants and boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. The Tijuana Estuary provides work gloves and tools.

 

For more information:

Volunteer Coordinator
(619) 575-3613 x330  office
volunteer(at)trnerrtest.wpengine.com

Salt Marsh Secrets

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This e-book records favorite stories about salt marsh secrets that my collaborators and I uncovered while studying southern California coastal wetlands, from the 1970s to date. In 1986, we became the Pacific Estuarine Research Lab.

Please download the files as they appear online and enjoy learning what we learned…and more. You’ll meet many “detectives,” and you’ll be able to appreciate how they learned so much–undeterred by mud and flood. Learn while exploring the salt marshes near you!

PDF name and brief description:

Preface: Learning while exploring (2 MB)
1. Discovering Secrets: Introducing salt marshes (17 MB)
2. Seasonal Change: How weather and tides change over the year (11 MB)
3. Rare Plant & Bird: An annual plant and a clapper rail (9 MB)
4. Where Plants Grow: The influence of salt and water and more (7 MB)
5. Perennials & Annuals: How short- and long-lived plants get along (22 MB)
6. Salt Marsh Weeds: Which species invade and why (11 MB)
7. Sedimentation: A little sedimentation is good; a lot is not (25 MB)
8. Heterogeneity: Variable elevation and patchiness (16 MB)
9. Transitions: From marsh plain to high marsh to upland (9 MB)
10. Testing Diversity: What diversity affects and what affects diversity (15 MB)
11. Runoff Cattails Algae: Freshwater pulses trigger pesky invaders (18 MB)
12. Dunes: Why our dunes are low and flat (6 MB)
13. Damages: How we damage salt marshes (9 MB)
14. Go Fish: Fish and invertebrates respond to changing waters (10 MB)
15. Animal Mobility: Mobile and immobile species (6 MB)
16. Food Web: Who eats whom (12 MB)
17. Conservation Battles: It wasn’t easy saving salt marshes (6 MB)
18. Restoration: Returning tidal influence (25 MB)
19. Testing Theory: Contributions to the science of ecology (21 MB)
20. References: References cited and other PERL research (2 MB)
21. PERL alumni: Where the “detectives” are now (4 MB)

Help TRNERR – Upcoming Fundraiser(s)

Come support education programs at TRNERR. Souplantation will donate 15% of sales generated by Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges. You must bring this flyer and everyone must purchase a beverage for the donation to count. Print flyer and see details.

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