California Brown Pelican (photo by C. Mayne)


Fun Fact: Approximately 40% of all North American bird species have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration!

Bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities are planned for families. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes and binoculars for use along the Loop Trail that overlooks San Elijo Lagoon, with excellent birding views. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds.

Winter is peak migration time with birds resting and foraging at one of the few salt marshes remaining along the Pacific Flyway. Winter shorebirds and ducks are here to spend the season, many of which come from the High Arctic. The stout Bufflehead may be seen diving in the channels. Dowitchers have a feeding characteristic described like the rhythm of a sewing machine.

Learn more about birds you’ll see with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Animal Guide.



January 24-25: 1-4 pm
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Directions

  • Meet live raptors in special presentations
  • Tour the loop trail and discover interactive wildlife stations
  • Make binoculars with recycled products
  • And more--check back for updates!

To reach staff or volunteers at the Nature Center, please call: (760) 634-3026. Family Discovery Days occurs rain or shine.
Family Discovery Days is co-presented by:

Family Discovery Days Sponsors:

City of Encinitas / Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant.