The Escondido Creek Conservancy


San Diego County, California

Escondido Creek Conservancy News

Reidy Creek Restoration Project


Reidy Creek has been the topic of conversation within the last few years as private property owners have expressed concerns over homeless encampments, and the resultant trash and pollution. There is GOOD NEWS! In September, the Conservancy was awarded $380,873 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement the Reidy Creek Restoration and Beautification Project. In partnership with the City of Escondido and private property owners along ...

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If You Build It…


Monarchs and hummingbirds have been spotted in downtown Escondido! In 2017, volunteers from Escondido and California State University San Marcos’ (CSUSM) Environmental Studies Club transformed the Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park into a thriving pollinator garden. Despite the summer heat waves, they have successfully provided habitat for local pollinators including bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Inspired by the success of this garden, we will be helping install three more pollinator ...

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Back To School


September is here and school is back in session. As part of our 3-4-5 program, the Escondido Creek Conservancy will be providing outdoor education experiences for all third graders in the entire Escondido Union School District--San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to take on 4th and 5th. As we expand the reach of schools participating in our programs we've also been able to ...

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New Exhibit: Co-existing With Coyotes


No matter how you feel about coyotes, they are here to stay. Coyotes are one of the few mammals to have expanded its range since the industrialization of humans and currently inhabit all of the lower 48 states. In San Diego County, coyotes are found almost everywhere--including wild lands, suburban neighborhoods, and even in our cities. As coyotes continue to lose their ...

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Who Are The Conservation Fellows?


The Escondido Creek Conservancy has recently begun plans to enhance the flood channel in Grape Day Park into a beautiful creek walk that would not only benefit our community, but also be an asset to aquatic ecosystems. As we started imagining the transformation, we realized this project will only be successful if we are able to serve the needs of wildlife, local businesses, and the surrounding communities. ...

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Coastal Cleanup Day


The Escondido Creek Conservancy is hosting a cleanup site associated with I Love A Clean San Diego’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers will remove litter and add plants to the Plaza Del Arroyo pollinator garden, and artists will be selected to paint nature-themed murals on the utility boxes along Broadway Avenue. This event occurs as specialists in engineering, hydrology, and biology plan a 30% redesign of the flood ...

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Restoring The Flood Channel


“The Ditch,” “The Sewer,” “The Homeless Highway”... we’ve heard them all. Within the City of Escondido, the concrete flood channel functions well to carry flood waters but has contributed to higher pollution and excess heat created from water traveling on six miles of concrete, making it inhabitable for some species downstream. Fortunately, on August 8th, specialists in engineering, economics, wildlife biology, and hydrology joined the Conservancy and City ...

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Save 1000 Acres: The Future of Science Education in Escondido?


The Escondido Creek Conservancy has recently announced that preliminary funding commitments have been secured totaling $6.8 million to preserve the 693-acre Mountain Gate property west of Daley Ranch. While we have yet to secure the property, escrow is set to close before September 30th and new possibilities for the future of this site are finally within reach. The desolate avocado grove ...

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