Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
A remarkable destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve represents the culmination of a decades-long effort by activists who battled to protect this wetlands ecosystem from development. After years of restoration work, you can now walk on five miles of trails, and spot both resident birds and transient species that use the wetlands as a critical stopover while migrating along the Pacific Flyway. Nearly 200 species are regularly seen at the reserve, while another 116 less frequently seen species have also been spotted.
Come camera-ready and stop by the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center off Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to learn more about the wetlands, and for trail access into the 1,400-acre reserve. You'll also find trail access from a parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, a mile south of Warner Avenue across from the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Both locations offer free limited parking for nature enthusiasts.
Tours of the wetlands are also given by different conservation groups: Amigos de Bolsa Chica and Bolsa Chica Land Trust. Bolsa Chica Conservancy holds twice annual cleanup days and educational events at the Interpretive Center. Explore the wetlands, lowlands, and mesas, and enjoy a killer sunset.
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