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Artist Randy Roberts
Acrylic on Canvas | 54’’ W x 84″ H

Rushing waters display the coastal merge of an ocean and a lagoon. Radiant hues capture invigorating tidal flow and the lagoon’s filtration process, both valuable for supporting local marine ecosystem health. This narrative nods to Nature Collective’s successful completion of San Elijo Lagoon Restoration. By deepening and widening the lagoon’s channels, tidal circulation has drastically improved water health, helping to encourage flourishing plant and wildlife diversity within this vital wetlands ecosystem.

Visit Randy Roberts‘ website to purchase. Partial proceeds will to Nature Collective.

Above: San Elijo Lagoon’s enhanced channels connecting to the Pacific Ocean.

San Elijo Lagoon is the site for one of California’s largest wetlands restoration projects and home to various endangered species such as the secretive Ridgway’s Rail. With post-restoration, Nature Collective is conducting a 50-year monitoring program that supports species survival against difficult environmental changes, like rising sea levels. 

Above: Hikers enjoying new pathways to the restored San Elijo Lagoon

Now San Elijo Lagoon thrives with diverse wildlife and new trail connections. The results allow for the flow of oxygen-rich ocean water, which is vital for the wetlands ecosystem’s health. With ongoing monitoring efforts and support, we are continuing to ensure the lagoon’s connection to the ocean, conducting inlet breaches when necessary.

Above: Visitors gazing out towards the San Elijo Lagoon and Cardiff Beach.

“San Elijo Lagoon Restoration addresses our future conditions. We restored the lagoon for enhanced water flow and anticipated sea level rise. And we took actions to leave the stepping stones for current and future species.” — Doug Gibson, CEO + Principal Scientist

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Above: The threatened Western Snowy Plover on Nature Collective stewarded shore.

Nature Collective drives a passion for nature, for all. Present in our 4th decade, we are a trusted conservation and science education nonprofit leader in San Diego. We work to restore native habitats for greater plant and wildlife diversity. We want our places and events to offer every human an experience and deep connection with the living world.

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