News Releases and Images



Improvements Begin on North County’s Harbaugh Seaside Trails
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Breaks Ground on Habitat Enhancement, Trail Amenities

News Release: March 1, 2019

Westward View from the overlook at Harbaugh Seaside Trails




New Shorebirds Tours of San Diego County Highlight Migratory Visitors
Calendars County-Wide: December 18, 2018

Semi-palmated Plover
Photo: Chris Mayne


Hooded Merganser
Photo: Tom Blackman


Long-billed Curlew
Photo: Jo Quinn



Restoring Tidal Flow at San Elijo Lagoon’s Ocean Connection Begins October 11
News Release: October 11, 2018

A rainbow in the sky and over the newly opened San Elijo Lagoon Inlet in prior excavation of excess sand and sediment.

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Selected as 2018 Leading Organization in the Encinitas Environmental Award Program
News Release: October 8, 2018

City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear awards the Encinitas Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award to Doug Gibson, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Executive Director and Principal Scientist on October 7, 2018 at the annual Surfing Madonna Beach Run. Photo by Jim Wang

Volunteers Encouraged to Help Improve Lands, Waters and Community
News Release: August 13, 2018

Volunteers assist Conservancy educators with school and public tours throughout the Escondido watershed


Volunteers assist with native habitat enhancement


Family Fun & Family Discovery Day volunteers inspire youth about nature 



New Nature Series with theNAT Comes to North County San Diego
News Release:
August 08, 2018

Southern mule deer at San Elijo Lagoon
Photo by: Lorenzo Menendez


Belding's Savannah Sparrow at San Elijo Lagoon - Endangered Species
Photo by Chris Mayne


Chalk dudleya at San Elijo Lagoon
SELC Photo




Cardiff State Beach Named One of Nation's Best Restored
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy | SANDAG | CalTrans News Release: July 17, 2018

L-R: David Zito, Mayor Solana Beach; Doug Gibson, Executive Director San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy; Catherine Blakespear, Mayor Encinitas; Terry Sinnott, Chair SANDAG Board of Directors and Del Mar City Councilmember; Darren Smith, California State Parks San Diego Coast District Services Manager; Allan Kosup, Director, North Coast Corridor Caltrans District 11;  Kim Garvey, President American Shore & Beach Preservation Association California Chapter


Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas BEST RESTORED by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association / July 17, 2018


Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach AFTER sand replenishment


Social Comparisons Graphic for 440,000-Cubic Yards of Sand on Both Combined Beaches



Local Officials Celebrate the Completion of Unique Sand Replenishment Efforts on North County Beaches
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy | SANDAG | CalTrans News Advisory: July 16, 2018

New Summer Sunset Tour Series
Calendars: May 20, 2018


Tara Fuad Conservation Leadership Day Celebration: May 16
News Advisory: May 14, 2018

Call for Entries 3rd Annual #loveyourlagoon Photo Contest
News Release: March 5, 2018

Great Egret, by Dean Harris
First Place 2017 Photo Contest

Jumping Mullet, by John Scales 
First Place 2016 Photo Contest


Beach Sand Replenishment Project Begins Next Week in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Media Advisory: February 23, 2018



Escondido Watershed Journey 4-Part Tour Series Begins in January
News Calendars: January 4, 2018

Great Blue Heron at San Elijo Lagoon, by Lorenzo Menendez




Reviving Your Wetlands Open House December 11
News Calendars: December 1, 2017

Flight, by Lorenzo Menendez 

State and Local Leaders Break Ground on San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project
Media Release: November 29, 2017

Rendering of the Nature Center trail connection, provided by County of San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation
Wildlife Image courtesy Al Butler | DOWNLOAD IMAGE

San Elijo Lagoon Restoration to Begin in North County
Media Advisory: November 27, 2017

Lands for Wildlife and People Expand by 77-Acres in Encinitas
News Release: 16 November 2017

Westard View of the 77-Acre Open Space Acquisition

Conservancy Director Doug Gibson Looks West 
Over 77-Acre Open Space Acquisition


Birds of a Feather Gala to Benefit Community and Nature, October 7
Press Release: June 12, 2017: North County, Philanthropy, Community and Nature

Gala Logo

Flight, by Lorenzo Menendez

Field Trip at the San Elijo Nursery


Summer of Discovery at San Elijo Lagoon
Press Release June 5, 2017: Community Events, North County, Families, Arts & Entertainment

Biomimicry Tour | Jun 24

Kumeyaay Sunset Tour | Jul 13

Trailside Yoga | Aug 26

Changing Climate
Family Fun Days 


Inlet Excavation Underway at San Elijo Lagoon May 15-19
Media Advisory May 15, 2017

The mouth of San Elijo Lagoon is at Cardiff State Beach

20,000-cubic yards (or about 50 dump truckloads) will be excavated to improve tidal flow in the lagoon's inlet. Download


San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Awarded 2017 Opening the Outdoors Grant by The San Diego Foundation
Foundation News Release: May 11, 2017 | Conservancy Fact Sheet

Elementary youth investigate life in the Escondido Creek, with their families included, in weekend adventures.

Elementary students laugh in the rain during their Conservancy-led field trip at Lake Hodges, part of the "actions" in Conservancy education.


A New Year Embracing Fitness, Nature Discovery, Arts/Culture at San Elijo Lagoon
Press Release January 12, 2017: Community Events, North County, Families, Arts & Entertainment

#loveyourlagoon PHOTO CONTEST



Willet, by Chris Mayne Download

Family Discovery Day



Community Open House Celebration for Harbaugh Seaside Trails December 17
December 6: Attention News Editors & Calendars

U.S. EPA awards $90,000 to San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for hands-on environmental education in Escondido Elementary Schools
November 17: Environmental Education, Schools, Escondido, San Diego Coastal North County

Fall Tours Embrace Fitness, Discovery, Arts & Culture
September 9: Community Events, North County, Arts & Entertainment

Explore the Coast Tour with California Coastal Trail Hikers
July 26: Families, Seashore Life, #CACoastalTrail #CoastalAct40 

Grand Opening of New Trail at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
June 17: Recreation, Outdoors, Conservation #AnniesCanyonTrail

Volunteers to Expand Coastal Dunes at San Elijo Lagoon
June 15: Endangered Species, Community Volunteerism 

All-New Summer Tours & Events at San Elijo Lagoon
June 6: Community Events, North County, Arts & Entertainment Editors

Watershed Conservation Leader to be Honored
May 2: Media Advisory for Doug Gibson Conservation Leadership Day

Lagoon Discovery Camps Open for Registration
April 14: Children, Nature, Camps Editors

Youth and Adult Photography Sought in Lagoon Contest
February 8: Arts & Nature Editors

Wings Over Wetlands Swoops in January 23-24, 2016
November 13: Community, Family & Nature Editors  


Native Nursery Ribbon Cutting at San Elijo Lagoon
October 16: Community, Natural Resources News Editors

Announcing Birds of a Feather Gala: Advance Tickets Now Available
June 1: Community, Charity News Editors 

Inlet Dredging to Begin at San Elijo Lagoon: June 4-12
May 26: Environment, Community News Editors

Field Trips Inspire Youth to Protect Nature: Conservancy Launches New K-12 Conservation Initiatives
April 1, 2015: Science, Education, Environment Editors

Announcing Registration for Spring and Summer Lagoon Discovery Camps
February 20, 2015: Nature, Arts, Family Editors

Now Named Harbaugh Seaside Trails, Park Belongs to the People
January 13, 2015: Press Release on Media Event

$1 Million Donor Secures Controversial Gateway Park
January 07 Release: Gateway Naming Celebration to Announce Donor and New Park Name


Holiday Guided Walks at San Elijo Lagoon (December 2014)

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Hosts Wetland Cleanup
California Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20, 2014

Draft EIR/EIS Released for San Elijo Lagoon Restoration August 1
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Hosts Community Meetings August 19 & 27

Nature Ambassadors Needed 
Announcing 15 Spots for Fall Docent Training (Registration by September 19)

Inlet Dredging Begins at San Elijo Lagoon 
Reconnecting the lagoon with the Pacific Ocean June 2-6

Summer Fun for Everyone at San Elijo Lagoon 
Free Walks, Family Fun Days, and Lagoon Platoon Community Habitat Restoration (June-August) 

Major Plan to Restore San Elijo Lagoon Nears Public Comment Period 
San Elijo Lagoon Restoration--Spring 2014 News Update

New Gateway Sign Encourages Campaign-end Donations 
$3.4 million of $3.75 million raised in The Campaign for Gateway Park (April 4, 2014)

Spring EGG-ucation Family Discovery Days 
Egg-themed nature hikes, crafts, and live animals 

Free Spring Programs at San Elijo Lagoon
Naturalist-led walks, Family Discovery Days, Lagoon Platoon (March-April)

Wings Over Wetlands 
Family Discovery Days January 25-26, 2014


Fall Events at San Elijo Lagoon 
Not-So-Scary Estuary, Wildlife Walks, and Lagoon Platoon

Naturalists Needed at San Elijo Lagoon
Announces: Docent Open House Sep. 8 and Fall Docent Training 

Growing Future Stewards is 2013 Theme for Birds of a Feather
Gala Tickets Now on Sale (June 11, 2013) Press Release 

Summer Programs 2013 

Announces: Wildlife Walks, Summer Evening Walks, Gala, Lagoon Platoon, and Docent Open House

Annual Inlet Excavation at San Elijo Lagoon 
May 13-17, 2013 Press Release

Conservancy announces Birds of a Feather biennial gala date 
March 18, 2013 Press Release

Spring Programs 2013
Announces: Wildlife Walks, Family Discovery Days, and Lagoon Platoon

King Tides at San Elijo Lagoon February 7-9
Highlights birding activities along the Nature Center Loop and Gateway Park

Winter Programs 2013
Announces: Wildlife Walks, Family Discovery Days, and Lagoon Platoon