Center for Creative Energy



Bring the River Back!

This is Julia, Dakota and Diamond. Today we followed the San Diego River with Richard from the River Park Foundation. We started at Missions Trails Park and learned about riparian habitats, which are the plants and animals that live by the river. We also saw a really cool snake at the visitors center, his name was Curtis. We learned that the native sage and buckwheat are important to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Next Richard told us about the Old Mission Dam, which was finished in 1816. Walking across the dam made us feel like we were going through time when Indians worked hard to get this built for the mission. Next we visited some community preserves with nature trails and native plants.  Richard told us to engage the community because when the community cares, change happens! And this is how we can bring the river back. This inspired us to think about our own Concho River this way.

Lastly we ended at the dog beach at Ocean Beach where the river meets the ocean. Can you believe that only 5% of the coastal wetlands remain? They serve as nurseries for many fish, insects, and native plants. They also have endangered plant species such as the Birds Beak… which feels like a cotton swab but looks like needles!

Following the San Diego River made us realize that we can make saving the river a really cool thing to do.

To top off our day we played at La Jolla Beach the rest of the day.  This was definitely different than West Texas! 

 

A man on the Old Mission Dam. This was built in 1816!

 

 

Julia was attacked from above by this owl! (Just kidding, it was in the Visitor’s Center)

Here is a patch of Birds Beak on the dunes where the river meets the ocean…an endangered plant!

At La Jolla Beach. Andreas likes jumping rope with sea weed!

We buried Diamond. (she deserved it!)

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