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Fallbrook Land Conservancy hosts spring walk at the Los Jilgueros Preserve

On Saturday, April 17, the Fallbrook Land Conservancy hosted a spring walk at the local Los Jilgueros Preserve to help raise awareness about wildlife preservation and to connect with new people who share an interest in nature.

FLC is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the wildlife in the community, and FLC protects more than 2700 acres in Fallbrook and Bonsall including the Los Jilgueros Preserve, Monserate Mountain Preserve, Margarita Peak Preserve, and more. FLC works with different nonprofits in order to beautify and enhance the environment in the community.

Susan Liebes, chairman of the FLC, planned this walk to help inform the community about the FLC and their mission, as well as to pique the interest of other community members and encourage them to become involved in FLC.

"The spring walks are a part of our community outreach effort to inform people about the wildlife in Fallbrook," she said. "We're eager to welcome new people and teach others about how to coexist with the wildlife."

The Los Jilgueros Preserve is 46 acres, and it is filled with a variety of California native plant species and other wildlife, including ducks, bunnies, lizards, and many different types of birds.

These spring walks take place multiple times, usually when the flower blooms are at their most vibrant. This year, the perennial and annual wildflower blooms brought a burst of color to the area, right on time for the spring walk.

"My favorite thing about the preserve is how bright and accessible it is," said Liebes. "Even if you don't know much about wildlife, there is something engaging at the preserve. The many different types of wildflowers, the species of animals, there's something for everyone. Visiting the preserve is a great way to educate yourself and get involved in the community."

During the spring walk, Liebes led the group on a tour and taught the attendees about the different types of plants, animals, and what the FLC does to keep the preserve protected. She pointed out the invasive plant species and how to manage them, and she also explained the importance of respecting the history of the space. In the past, the preserve was a farm, which is why there is still farm equipment around the area.

Liebes also addressed the importance of respecting the wildlife and keeping the preserve clean by picking up trash and staying on the trail.

Los Jilgueros and all of the other preserves owned by the FLC rely on volunteers and other nonprofits to help keep the wildlife healthy and protected. Groups like Save Our Forest and the Native Plants Restoration team have helped keep the preserves well maintained, however, the FLC is always looking for more volunteers to help make a positive impact on the community.

"As members of Fallbrook, it is our job to serve the community and work to make it an even better place to live," she said. "Whether that be through volunteering with the FLC or working with children or animals, volunteering will make the community a more positive place."

The FLC has many opportunities for volunteering; to learn more about how to get involved, visit


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