San Elijo Lagoon


This pic shows San Elijo Lagoon filled with water after the big rain on Feb 27, 2017, when 3-7 inches of rain fell in the watershed that feeds it.  Thanks to my friend Jack Springer for allowing me to share his great shot!

Links:  San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Hummingbird Nest in San Elijo Lagoon


This hummingbird nest was found on one of the trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, near the Nature Center, and shows a female Anna’s hard at work ensuring the survival of her species.  Fourteen different hummingbird species have been recorded in the state of California.

Links:     hummingbird species by state     previous related post

Annie’s Canyon Trail in San Elijo Lagoon


Annie’s Canyon Trail in the San Elijo Lagoon (Solana Beach) recently reopened after being closed for many years, due to over a thousand hours of effort by generous volunteers and a substantial donation by a local supporter.  The trail takes you into a mini slot canyon where the canyon floor is less than a foot wide in places, past a cave, and upward to a summit with expansive views of the lagoon. It’s a very cool trail!

Links:   San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy        virtual hike video of trail

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center


The Nature Center is within the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and is operated by park staff and volunteers with County of San Diego Parks and Recreation.  The 5,600 sq. ft. building is made from recycled materials and uses solar energy, natural light, and ventilation.  Opened in 2009, it is Platinum-Certified by U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Links:      San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy