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February 25, 2013

Over 22 Volunteers Participate In Tijuana Slough Wildlife Refuge Cleanup

by Paloma Aguirre
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On Saturday February 23, 2013 WiLDCOAST, the Tijuana Estuary and Fish and Wildlife services hosted a beach and salt marsh cleanup to rid the area of trash prior to the begining of bird-nesting season. The area provides habitat to over 12 endangered bird species, in particular to least terns and snowy plovers which nest in areas of the salt marsh and sand dunes.  Over 22 volunteers from the Southwestern College volunteer group ASTRA and Mar Vista High school participated by removing trash from the area. “There are so many plastic bottle caps!” said one of the volunteers “I can’t believe it!” Small plastic particles are particularly of concern due to the fact that birds tend to mistake them for food and ingest them creating a false sense of fill and eventually causing death.

Approximately two 10 gallon containers were filled with small pieces of trash from the salt marsh area of the Tijuana Slough Wildlife Refuge by the volunteers.