Sempra Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric employees are working together year after year to help protect an endangered species – the California least tern.
More than 100 Sempra Energy and SDG&E employees, and their families, recently volunteered to spruce up nesting areas for the endangered California least tern in Mission Bay, San Diego. The least tern is a migratory shorebird that arrives around mid-April each year to nest and rear their young.
This annual event marks the eighth consecutive year that Team SDG&E/Sempra has partnered with the San Diego Audubon Society to help prepare habitats for the birds and their young. To successfully rear their young, the birds need sandy areas that are protected and cleared of debris and weeds. Volunteer efforts are mainly focused on their nesting habitat to make the most impact on the species’ survival.
Volunteers of all ages worked together to pull invasive weeds, pick up trash and prime the nesting spots at Mariner’s Point in Mission Bay for the birds’ return. Thanks to the annual restoration efforts, the area is one of the most successful nesting colonies in the Southern California region. While their numbers have gradually rebounded, the least terns are still vulnerable, and recovery could reverse if their nesting sites aren’t managed and protected.
SDG&E’s Environmental All-Stars program engages employees in volunteer efforts throughout the year. Also, the group supports many local environmental nonprofits’ initiatives through the Environmental Champions program, including the Audubon Society’s Outdoor Explore! youth environmental education program.