Category Archives: Rose Creek

Calling Citizen Scientists to Save Rose Creek

iNaturalist logoThe Friends of Rose Creek use the iNaturalist App to document the diversity of birds, bugs, snakes, plants and much more that call Rose Creek home. We need your help. Get out there with your App enabled devices and document the nature in our communities. Add your observations to the Rose Creek Watershed Project. If you need help with that, please email your iNaturalist login to us and we’ll add you to the project.

iNaturalist provides a place to record and organize nature findings, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. It encourages the participation of a wide variety of nature enthusiasts, including, but not exclusive to, hikers, hunters, birders, beach combers, mushroom foragers, park rangers, ecologists, and fishermen. Through connecting these different perceptions and expertise of the natural world, iNaturalist hopes to create extensive community awareness of local biodiversity and promote further exploration of local environments.

On the right side menu of the home page, you will see observations recorded by the Friends of Rose Creek. Enjoy!

To learn more about iNaturalist,, watch the video.

Once you’re ready, visit iNaturalist, create an account, and start contributing to the scientific study of biologic resources in Rose Creek.


Elected Officials Help Clean Up Rose Creek

I Love a Clean San Diego LogoOn Saturday, April 27, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and staff along with City of

Campland On The Bay logo

Sponsors of Ice Cream Social

San Diego Councilmember Jennifer Campbell and staff helped clean up Rose Creek as part of I Love A San Diego’s Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.  They were joined by an amazing turnout of volunteers from MCTC (the MidCoast Trolley and Rose Creek Bikeway construction company) and the  San Diego Chapter of the Brown University Alumni Association aka the Brunonians along with other volunteers. At the conclusion of the cleanup, volunteers were treated to ice cream courtesy of Campland-on-the-Bay.


Photo of the volunteers

Volunteer Group Photo

Trash and non-native invasive plants were removed by our hard working volunteers.  The total weight of trash has not yet been tallied, but we had 72 volunteers cleaning up over two miles of Rose Creek. Every piece of trashed picked up along Rose Creek, keeps that piece of trash out of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.


Be on the lookup for Ward’s Weed (highly invasive non-native)

A new invasive weed species has been identified in Carlsbad and other parts of San Diego County. Ward’s Weed is a small compact plant in the mustard family that almost looks like a tiny tumbleweed. It is easy to identify by its small yellow flowers with four petals and unique beaked seed pod.

Ward’s Weed can grow as a thick mat that chokes out all other surrounding plant species. Due to the extremely high seed count of up to 30,000 seeds per plant per year, this species can spread quickly and also presents a fire hazard in our open spaces and canyons.

The species is new to North America, but its current infestation is in a small enough geographic area that it is possible to eradicate before it gets out of control. Similar to the tumbleweed or Sahara mustard, which have spread throughout the western U.S., Ward’s Weed can do the same if not eliminated. In Australia, it was determined that a single introduction in 1915 eventually spread throughout the continent. 

Ward’s Weed has been spotted in the City of Carlsbad. Learn how to spot it and report it at the  City of Carlsbad’s page on Ward’s Weed info page.  If you think you have spotted it, please report it via iNaturalist via the website or the app.

photos of Ward's Weed

Images of Ward’s Weed


March 26, 2019

Originally, the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan was scheduled to go before the San Diego City Council on Tuesday, April 9. This included our attempts to have the Pacific Beach portion of Rose Creek dedicated as parkland.  This agenda item has been cancelled and we do not have a new date/time as of March 26 @ 2:30 p.m.  Once the new date is announced, an email will be sent to all subscribers to our newsletter and the information will be posted here.

Love Your Wetlands Day Recap

The Friends of Rose Creek had a wonderful time leading Bird Watching Bingo walks along Rose Creek and to De Anza Cove. We had positive support for our Petition to create Rose Creek Park in the portion of the creek that is not currently dedicated parkland and collected many signatures.  We hope you had time to enjoy Love Your Wetlands Day and look forward to collaborating with all these wonderful organizations again.

For a brief recap of the event, read

Hundreds gather to celebrate Mission Bay’s largest remaining wetland