Love Your Wetlands Day 2024

Love Your Wetlands Day 2024

By Debra Bass, UC San Diego

After a week of heavy rains and flooding the skies parted Feb. 3 for the 19th annual Love Your Wetlands Day celebration at Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve in Mission Bay. The reserve is part of the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System and performs a crucial role in hundreds of research projects and educational programs. The wetlands are also notable for their role in flood control. More than 1,000 visitors gathered to help with trash pickup and various wetlands restorations projects. Attendees visited science booths with experts from UC San Diego’s research faculty and other local institutions. Volunteers also took part in fish seining (counting) to assess the health of the population, removal of invasive plant species, plein aire painting and kayak tours. 

Love Your Wetlands Day is a once-a-year opportunity for the public to explore Kendall-Frost Marsh while learning about the importance of coastal wetlands, the climate threats they face, and how local communities are working to restore and protect them. The annual event is co-hosted by the San Diego Audubon Society in partnership with the City of San Diego and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. See the day in photos by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego.

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