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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Situated between the Pacific Coast Highway and active oil derricks, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve appears at first glance to be more of a wasteland than a valuable wetland. However, these revered grounds are one of the best birding spots in the United States, attracting flocks migrating the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. Nearly 200 bird species are documented in Bolsa Chica each year, including many rare and endangered species. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common; lucky visitors can even spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year. So bring your binoculars, layered warm clothing and camera with a telephoto lens. Depending on the season, observers report multiple varieties of Finches, Grebes, Hummingbirds, Kinglets, Loons, Owls, Swallows and Terns, as well as other coastal birds such as Avocets, Cormorants, Ducks, Egrets, Gulls, Herons, Kingfishers, Sandpipers, Surf Scoters and Stilts. The best place to observe Bolsa Chica wildlife is from the footbridge and trail just off Pacific Coast Highway. Two different volunteer support groups also offer free tours leaving the parking lot at this location. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica tour is on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.to 10:30 a.m. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust tour is on the third Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Both tours follow a loop trail through the wetlands and are hosted by trained guides who discuss identification of birds, ecology, endangered species, and the early history and current status of the wetlands. No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Amigos de Bolsa Chica at 714-840-1575. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust can be reached at 714-846-1001. With the goal of returning the wetlands to its pre-1900 condition as a major wildlife stop where millions of birds travel, rest, feed and nest, restoration of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands has been going on for some time. It includes construction of a new ocean channel, tidal basins, island habitats and pedestrian bridges that connect the wetlands to the beach via Pacific Coast Highway. Funded largely by the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, restoration calls for 370 acres of full tidal and 180 acres of muted tidal habitats. The first phase, which includes cutting a tidal inlet through the south end of Bolsa Chica State Beach and across Pacific Coast Highway, was completed in summer 2006.

Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tour

  • ;Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Address:18000 Pacific Coast Hwy. (approximate address) Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Amigos de Bolsa Chica offer an exceptional on-site presentation of the Bolsa Chica Story on the first Saturday of each month. Meet at the south...View details

Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Mesa Tour

  • ;Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Address:18000 Pacific Coast Hwy. (approximate address) Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Join the Bolsa Chica Land Trust on the third Sunday of each month for a free guided walking tour of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and upper mesas. Learn...View details

Habitat Restoration at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

  • ;Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
  • Address:3842 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Assist the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's habitat restoration work with the Stewards on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon. Meet...View details

Habitat Restoration at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

  • ;Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • Address:3842 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Assist the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's habitat restoration work with the Stewards on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon. Meet...View details

Nature Walk and Bird Talk

  • ;Recurring monthly on the last Saturday
  • Address:18000 Pacific Coast Hwy. (approximate address) Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Join the Amigos De Bolsa Chica on the last Saturday of each month for a free Bird Talk and Nature Walk throughout the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve....View details

Free Bird Talk & Nature Walk

  • October 28, 2016 ;Recurring monthly on the last Saturday
  • Address:18000 Pacific Coast Highway (approximate address) Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Join the Amigos for our informative and fun Bird Talk & Nature Walk led by our docents. Bolsa Chica is home to over 200 species of birds seen...View details

Tour of Bolsa Chica Wetlands

  • September 30, 2016 ;Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Address:18000 Pacific Coast Highway (approximate address) Huntington Beach, CA 92648

This fun and free Public Tour of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is hosted by the Amigos De Bolsa Chica every First Saturday of the month. Led by trained...View details

ExperTalk Series: “Isopod Invasion! Impacts of Sphaeroma Quoyanum”

  • October 5, 2016
  • Address:3842 Warner Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Join the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve as they host ExperTalk Series: "Isopod Invasion! Impacts of Sphaeroma Quoyanum". Learn about the topic from...View details

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  • 18000 Pacific Coast Highway (approximate address)
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  • P(858) 467-4201