FALLBROOK – Mother Nature provided incredible sunshine for the “First Day of Spring Planting Event” at Los Jilgueros Preserve. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) had a wonderful turnout of over 104 volunteers who faced the daunting task of planting 2,213 native California plants, which they did in only two hours. A family of six came all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada.
FLC’s Native Plant & Wildflower Team along with the Save Our Forest group coordinated this very successful day. “We started off the morning with five dozen donuts, and FLC Chairman Wallace Tucker had to make an emergency run for three dozen more,” reported Jan Beeler, one of the event coordinators.
The plants were supplied by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy nursery, and sponsored through generous grants by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Along with individual volunteers who came in on their own, there were many who came in groups such as Fallbrook Rotary Club, Fallbrook Girl Scouts, St. Peter’s Catholic Church Confirmation Class, Fallbrook High School, and the Miss Fallbrook contestants.
By planting natives normally found in the area throughout Los Jilgueros Preserve, the Conservancy hopes to create habitat for native birds and wildlife. Some of the natives planted included Coastal Sage, White Sage, and Black Sage which are especially fragrant and also attract butterflies. Other varieties of native plants included Encelia, Elderberry and Toyon. Every year the Cedar Waxwings migrate through Fallbrook devouring the Toyon berries, also known as “Christmas Berries.”