2022 April 17 Bolsa Chica Field Trip
Bolsa chica Ecological Reserve
Sunday April 17
OVERVIEW: The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,300 acre coastal estuary with wetlands, uplands, salt water marsh, and foredune habitats. Over 200 avian species have been identified. Native plant rare species include Coast woolly heads (Nemacaulis denudata var. denudata, 1B.2), and Estuary seablite (Sueda esteroa, 1B.2). History of the wetlands, past uses, rare birds, the Pacific flyway, and efforts to enhance and protect the Reserve will be described by Dave Pryor, local Senior Scientist and CNPS-OC board member. Field Trip Team event lead: Rachel Whitt. [Note about 1B.2: This is the California Rare Plant Rank, a system developed by the California Native Plant Society. 1B means Rare or Endangered and .2 means Moderately threatened in California — 20-80% of occurrences threatened.]
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Easy. | RSVP LIMIT: Attendance limited to the first 20 registered. | BRING hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, binoculars for birds, water, and hiking shoes/boots. | RESTROOM near the parking/start area. | PLANT INTENSITY: moderate. | TIME: Approx. 3-4 hours, depending on the group.
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DIRECTIONS: Meet at 8 am at the South Parking lot. Enter right from North-bound Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just past the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach (Huntington Beach). The south parking lot is on the inland side of PCH between Seapoint and Warner. No entrance fee nor pass is required.