Restoring Coastal Habitat



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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.

Map of Batiquitos Reserve Restoration Project Area

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.

Invasive Pampas grass

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. 

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.

Batiquitos Reserve with canary palms

Above: Before Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) removal

Batiquitos Reserve without Canary Palms

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.

Batiquitos Reserve view of channels from the project site.

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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Individuals/ Foundations/ Funds

Alana C Asmussen Charitable Fund, Schwab Charitable
Randy Bramham
Bob + Lois Chaddock***
Carol Chodroff
Jane Christ
Michael Conley and Susan Steele Charitable Fund, Schwab Charitable
Betsy Cotton
John Covello
Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club
Peter Delmonte + Katherine Blumberg
Cathie + Gordon Dixon, National Philanthropic Trust + J.P. Morgan Securities Charitable Gift Fund Program
Daniel Drogichen
Sally Foster
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
Andra Moran***
Janice Muller
Sally Norvell
Linda Oz
Ann + Jim Peter, Schwab Charitable
Project Heart Beat/ Ron McElliott Memorial Fund
Cecilia Rhodes
Dorothy Roden
John + Mary Schatz
Diedre Schloyer
Ken + Mary Lou Schultz
Melanie Schwab
Seiber Family Donor Advised Fund, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation*
Ashleigh Sheehy
Pemberton + Jean Smith
Laurie Strawn
Ronald + Susan Styn
Ronald + Beth Bernstein Tabor
Jennifer Trombley
Abigail Vickers
Zhan Wu
Joe Zagara, Vanguard

Corporate / Foundations
Abbott Laboratories
Amazon Smile Foundation
Bristol Myers Squibb
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Qualcomm Foundation
San Diego Gas & Electric

*President Circle
**Legacy Circle
***President + Legacy Circle

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