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Celebrities in the Midst: Lake Hodges and Brian Caldwell – Monthly General Meeting
March 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebrities in the Midst: Lake Hodges and Brian Caldwell
Lake Hodges lies just 22 miles southeast of the Buena Vista Nature Center, but it seems a world away from the coastal wetlands and the Pacific Ocean. On our last visit, a dozen White Pelicans kettled overhead while Western and Clark’s Grebes dominated the water’s surface. California Gnatcatchers, ignorant of their endangered status, flitted and mewed within the 2,300 acres of coastal sage scrub surrounding the shore. But however notable, these are just three of over 200 avian species that reside in or visit this precious habitat each year.
Eagle, falcon, kestrel, phainopepla, and roadrunner join the lineup beside shorebirds and waterfowl such as kingfisher, heron, ibis, killdeer, and bittern. Add chaparral, oak woodland, rocky hillside, and riparian habitat to the lake’s special place on the Pacific Flyway, and it becomes obvious why Lake Hodges is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area, the highest rank bestowed by National Audubon.
For over 20 years, the lake has also been home to Brian Caldwell. Noted photographer and birding guide, Brian knows the area like no other. Owner of Lake Hodges Photo Tours, he knows just where the action is and just where to capture that perfect shot. On Wednesday, March 20, that place will be at our Nature Center, where Brian Caldwell will lead us behind the scenes at one of San Diego’s (and Nature’s) greatest performances.
Wednesday, March 20, 2018 Social: 6:30 p.m.
Walk & Trip Information: 6:45 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.