HAPPY EARTH DAY. Mother nature in Huntington Beach is what makes the destination so special. With more than 70 parks, one of California’s largest saltwater marshes, a bucolic nature center, 10 miles of uninterrupted beaches, Huntington Beach is not only Surf City USA—it’s also a nature lover’s paradise. Today Surf City USA is recognizing Huntington Beach's parks and wildlife in honor of Earth Day's 50th anniversary April 22, 2020.

Western Snowy Plovers Nesting in Sunset Beach

Earlier this month a pair of nesting Western Snowy Plovers in Sunset Beach were found. This is a historic event as there has not been documented nesting in Sunset Beach since the beginning of 2013. 

Snowy Plovers in Huntington Beach

Western snowy plovers were listed as threatened by the USFWS in 1993 under the federal Endangered Species Act and is listed as a "species of special concern" by the State of California.
— Gail Brice: Senior Vice President Corporate Development at XT Green

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve By the Numbers

  1. 30,000 number of people who visit the Bolsa Chica Ecological each year.
  2. 8,000 years ago that Native Americans first made the estuary their home.
  3. Nearly 100 number of plants and trees found in the wetlands' five ecological zones.
  4. 321 species of birds spotted in the past decade, making Bolsa Chica a birder's paradise.
  5. 18 Number of rare species that call Bolsa Chica home, including the California brown pelican, American bald eagle, and the appropriately named silvery legless lizard. 
  6. 5 miles of public hiking trails, which include scenic overlooks. 
  7. 0 the number of dollars needed to tour Bolsa Chica--it's free!

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located along Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Street and Warner Avenue. 

Huntington Beach Beaches 

Huntington Beach’s shoreline stretches for 10 uninterrupted miles of wide opened sandy beaches, making it a paradise for families, couples, dogs, and surfers. Our sands are so inviting, in fact, they’ve won awards, including Top 20 Best Beaches on the West Coast by MSNBest Beach in California by USA Today’s Readers Choice, and Best Beach by OC Register. With our beaches being home to sea life, you are bound to sea whales breaching along the coast, dolphins playing in Surf City USA's endless waves, and or starfish along the Huntington Beach Pier pilings. 

Perhaps no other stretch of sand in Southern California better encapsulates the region’s beach culture ethos than the 10 miles of oceanfront that earned Huntington Beach the moniker Surf City.
— Jeffrey Miller at OC Register

Huntington Central Park

Huntington Central Park is the largest city-owned park in Orange County, covering 350 acres of land. It's a gem in Huntington Beach for residents and visitors to get back to nature. With the Secret Garden and Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Central Park encompassing full walking trails, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, redwood trees, meadows, and a freshwater wetland for visitors to take in the beauty and get grounded. 

Huntington Central Park map download here.

Huntington Central ParkPhoto Credits: Joe Katchka 

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife. They have a team of dedicated veterinarians, trained wildlife technicians, and certified volunteers who make their success possible. With the capabilities of rehabilitating over 400 animals at a time, the Wetland & Wildlife Care Center are a huge aspect in keeping our wildlife in Huntington Beach alive and well.

Discover more information about the center here.

Huntington Beach WildlifePhoto Credits: Criag Larson

Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein