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Badger Survey

May 21 at 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for a hike that doubles as a volunteer survey to document the presence or absence of American badgers (Taxidea taxus) at the San Diego River Park Foundation’s South Rim property.  This event will entail hiking off-trail on a section of the South Rim property to look for evidence of American badgers, such as burrows, scat, tracks or other signs.  Badgers are a wide-ranging mid-sized predator associated with grassland and upland habitats. Their large home ranges, low densities, and few offspring make them particularly vulnerable to habitat fragmentation and road mortality, so their presence can be a good sign for the preserve!

The American badger is a covered species under the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP), and has been identified by the San Diego Monitoring and Management Program (SDMMP) Connectivity Monitoring Strategic Plan as a target species for monitoring regional-scale functional connectivity of upland and grassland habitats.  Learn about these regional efforts to protect and monitor, while enjoying a fun hike to explore this recently acquired property.

The hike will be approximately 6 miles round-trip (out and back) and moderate difficulty with some steep sections.  The hike and survey are open to volunteers age 16 and up.

RSVP required for this hike, sign up by clicking clicking here.

Event Preparation:

  • Closed-toe shoes required
  • Long pants required
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) recommended
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle
  • Bring your own snacks
  • Event tools and supplies will be provided
  • There are no restrooms available at this event
  • Participating in this event will include walking on uneven terrain and/or some stopping and bending
  • Community service hours can be verified for volunteers at this event

Presented by San Diego River Park Foundation


South Rim Preserve Trailhead
5806 Eagle Pead Rd
Julian, CA 92036 United States
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