From 2000-2006, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Southern California coastline were endangered by an invasive Mediterranean seaweed, Caulerpa taxifolia. Thanks to a community outpouring, the lagoon was saved. A major driving force of this effort, Eric Muñoz, describes one of Carlsbad’s proudest moments and his own journey in “Caulerpa Conquest.” Join this community book…

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The hills and grasslands around Ramona are a favorite hunting grounds for a number of wintering raptor species, including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, and prairie falcons. We’ll also be looking for a recently reported yellow-bellied sapsucker at Collier Park, cackling geese, a nesting bald eagle, mountain bluebirds, and other fun species. Directions: Collier Park; 626…

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Should Caruso Affiliated be allowed to build a mall overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad? The months-long debate will soon be settled by those Carlsbad residents who choose to cast their ballots at the special election on February 23. Citizens for North County, a group representing a coalition of environmental and civic organizations including BVAS, is urging a “NO” vote on Prop A. The…

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The “Let the People Vote” petition campaign, spearheaded by Citizens for North County late last summer, was able to obtain the required number of signatures from Carlsbad voters to force a vote on a controversial shopping center overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. As a result, the fate of developer Caruso’s so-called “85/15” project in Carlsbad…

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