CARLSBAD — The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation invites bird-lovers to join Nest Watch or take part in March activities at the Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road.
The Discovery Center’s cliff swallows have arrived from South America so the center will be joining the Nest Watch project. Whether in a shrub, a tree or a nest box, bird nests are all around us. By monitoring a nearby nest, you can help scientists study the biology of North America’s birds and how it might be changing over time. Every spring and summer, volunteers from across the country visit nests and report their findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program. As a NestWatcher, you keep tabs on bird family life, following the progression from incubated eggs, to fuzzy chicks, to gawky youngsters ready to take their first fluttering flight. All the information you gather is submitted online to the NestWatch database.
Instructions and all the materials you need to participate are available on the NestWatch website at nestwatch.org. You’ll also get directions on how to find and monitor nests without disturbing the birds.
The foundation offers big thanks to the Carlsbad Garden Club, who donate time each month to prune, weed, and care for the Discovery Center’s extensive native garden. Volunteers are welcome to join them from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 28 or from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 27 and June 2.
The World Water Day Festival is on tap from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26. The World Water Day Festival is a family event, offering activities, exhibits and displays focusing on local and global water issues.
The festival will include:
— Sea Life Aquarium: Underwater Habitats
— The Splashmobile hands-on, water- related science experiments for youngsters
— Children’s craft booths and face-painting
— Animal Encounters: critters from Kahoots
— Native American storytelling
— Desalination Project
— H2O Trash Patrol
— Hubbs-Seaworld Fish Hatchery
— Wetlands & Watersheds Models
— Encina Waste Water Treatment exhibit
— Water Conservation ~ Native Garden Tours & information
— Carlsbad Aqua Farm oysters and mussels for sale