Calfornia least tern
A California least tern with its chick. Photo courtesy of San Diego Audubon Society

San Diego Gas and Electric will partner with the San Diego Audobon Society Saturday to host a volunteer habitat restoration event in Mission Bay for an endangered bird species.

SDG&E employee volunteers will remove invasive plant material from nesting sites at Mariner’s Point for the California Least Tern, an endangered species whose range includes much of the California coastline and parts of the Arizona desert.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Mariner’s Point Park, located at 3330 Mariner’s Way.

The California least tern is a vital part of the “coastal dune” habitat, the San Diego Audobon Society said. While the species has rebounded since the 1970s, it remains fragile, and is at risk of falling victim to warmer ocean temperatures, invasive plants and urban predators.

Employee volunteers also will fix fencing along the shoreline, and Girl Scouts will help pick up trash in the area, the Audobon Society said.

SDG&E Chief Environmental Officer Mike Schneider and Audobon Society Conservation Manager Megan Flaherty were expected at the event.

—City News Service

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