Goal 1: To show how people positively impact the natural environment
The project will engage 200 volunteers in 12 hands-on community restoration experiences during the project timeline. Participants will assist in restoring 25 acres of riparian woodland habitat in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve to support the federally and state endangered Least Bell's Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Activities will include removing invasive species, providing water to growing plants, monitoring flora and fauna, and planting seeds in a native plant nursery. Past agricultural practices and development negatively impacted the acres in need of restoration.
Goal 2: To demonstrate the wonder of Nature and develop knowledge of and respect for the environment
Rotarians of Del Mar-Solana Beach and Solana Beach Eco will be invited and encouraged to attend weekly volunteer experiences, including a private 6-hour team-building event. Protecting our natural resources requires informed and inspired people willing to take action. Engaging Rotarians to be active participants in volunteer experiences will enhance the natural area we all live in and help build a more cohesive, safer, stronger community and increase the social network between communities and neighborhoods. In addition, volunteering promotes more active civic engagement and helps solve environmental problems, including climate change.
Project success will be measured through public and volunteer surveys and an increased number of volunteers and volunteer-led programs.
Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)
Project Title: Protecting Nature at a Rare Coastal Wetland Rotary Year: 2022-23 Country: United States Location: Solana Beach + Del Mar, California Areas of Focus: The Environment Activity Type: Education: Volunteer Services Project Summary: Engaged over 200 volunteers to assist in restoring 25 acres of riparian woodland habitat in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve to support the federally and state-endangered Least Bell's Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Project Description: This project has two primary goals. Goal 1: To show how people impact the natural environment Goal 1 was successfully achieved as the project involved more than 200 volunteers in 17 community restoration experiences, which helped to restore 25 acres of riparian woodland habitat in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. The
restoration efforts were aimed at supporting the federally and state-endangered Least Bell's Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (birds), by removing invasive species, providing water to growing plants, and planting indigenous plant seeds. The project also addressed the negative impact caused by past agricultural practices and development on the acres in need of restoration. Goal 2: To demonstrate the wonder of nature and develop knowledge of and respect for the environment Goal 2 was successfully achieved through the project's efforts to invite and encourage Rotarians from Del Mar-Solana Beach, Solana Beach Eco, and other local Rotary Clubs to participate in weekly volunteer experiences. The project also hosted a private event for Rotarians Day At Work, scheduled for April 29, 2023. By engaging Rotarians in volunteer and recreational experiences within the wetlands, the project aimed to develop knowledge of and respect for the environment, as well as demonstrate the wonder of nature. The project recognized that protecting natural resources requires informed and inspired individuals willing to take action, and by promoting active civic engagement through volunteering, the project contributed to solving environmental problems, including climate change. The project also helped to build a more cohesive, safer, and stronger community, while increasing the social network between communities and neighborhoods. District Number: 5340 Rotary Club of: Del Mar-Solana Beach Primary Contact: Herbert Liberman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Total Budget: $5,000