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Nature Collective Restores Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve
Nature Collective’s commitment to conserving natural habitats continues in our latest habitat restoration project at Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad.
Above: Map highlighting the project area in the northeast corner of the 544-acre Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Carlsbad.
The project, funded by the California Coastal Conservancy, focuses on restoring 14.5 acres of coastal habitat that invasive species, including Canary Island date palm and pampas grass, have negatively affected.
Above: Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) grows quickly and spreads easily.
Invasive plants outcompete native plants for resources like water, sunlight, nutrients, and space – leading to the loss of coastal habitats that are critical to wildlife including the endangered California Gnatcatcher.
Above: With a diet of insects and spiders, the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) helps keep these populations balanced and its coastal habitat healthy.
To address this issue, Nature Collective is removing and managing invasive species in the project area.
Above: Before Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) removal
Above: After Canary Island date palm removal
Planting efforts will not occur at this site; instead, we will leave the area to regenerate naturally with native vegetation. As native plants become established, they will contribute to restoring the coastal habitat, creating a more diverse and thriving ecosystem.
Above: Batiquitos Reserve looking out from our project site.
By restoring and revitalizing Southern California coastal habitats, Nature Collective protects healthy + diverse ecosystems that support wildlife and our communities.
Thank you to the California Coastal Conservancy for supporting the vitality of the California Gnatcatcher.
Grant awards and projects like this would not be possible without your support. Your donation helps Nature Collective identify urgent wildlife needs and plan the best course of action to give nature a helping hand.
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THANK YOU, JANUARY – MARCH 2023 SUPPORTERS
Individuals/ Foundations/ Funds
Alana C Asmussen Charitable Fund, Schwab Charitable
Bob + Lois Chaddock***
Michael Conley and Susan Steele Charitable Fund, Schwab Charitable
Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club
Peter Delmonte + Katherine Blumberg
Cathie + Gordon Dixon, National Philanthropic Trust + J.P. Morgan Securities Charitable Gift Fund Program
Warren Fox, Schwab Charitable
Ron George + Tricia Takacs, Schwab Charitable*
Nancy Giberson Donor Advised Fund, Community Foundation Santa Cruz
Victoria + Rick Gulley
Paul + Maggie Judge
The Malk Nature Fund
Stephan Miller + Elisabeth Walcott, T. Rowe Price Charitable
Phyllis + Edward Mirsky
Ann + Jim Peter, Schwab Charitable
Project Heart Beat/ Ron McElliott Memorial Fund
John + Mary Schatz
Ken + Mary Lou Schultz
Seiber Family Donor Advised Fund, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation*
Pemberton + Jean Smith
Ronald + Susan Styn
Ronald + Beth Bernstein Tabor
Joe Zagara, Vanguard
Corporate / Foundations
Amazon Smile Foundation
Bristol Myers Squibb
Nordson Corporation Foundation
San Diego Gas & Electric
***President + Legacy Circle