Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours
Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours are offered the first and last Saturday of every month by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours are also offered the third Sunday of every month by the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. These tours offer an exceptional on-site presentation of the Bolsa Chica Story.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tour – First Saturday
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours are offered by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica docents on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am to 10:30 am. Amigos de Bolsa Chica docents gather at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California. Docents are stationed on or near the footbridge, a truly magnificent entrance to the restored Bolsa Chica wetlands.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours begin every 15 minutes and five areas of interest are included in the tour presentation: history, birds, endangered species, ecology and restoration. This free wetlands tour is on a first come, first served basis. This is a wonderful opportunity for vacationers, students, small groups and local citizens to visit this valuable Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
For more information about the first Saturday tours by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica docents, go to www.amigosdebolsachica.org.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tour – Third Sunday
Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours are also offered the third Sunday of every month by the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. This is a two-hour tour of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and the upper mesas beginning at 10 am. The wetlands tour covers the history of the Bolsa Chica, its wildlife, and plant life.
Meet at 10 am at the Ecological Reserve south parking lot on Pacific Coast Highway across from Bolsa Chica State Beach. Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, and be sure to bring binoculars or a camera.
For more information about the third Sunday tours by the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, call (714) 964-8170, or go to www.bolsachicalandtrust.org/tour.html.
If you want to get your hands dirty, visitors can also volunteer to work with the Bolsa Chica Stewards (the Restoration Team of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust) for a work day planting native vegetation, caring for new plants and trail design. Stewards work days are 9 am to noon, the 1st Sunday of each month and the 3rd Saturday of each month www.bolsachicalandtrust.org/stewards.html.
Bird Tour of Bolsa Chica Wetlands
If your primary interest is birds, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tour on birds takes place the last Saturday of each month at 9:00 am. The Bolsa Chica Wetlands provides a feeding and nesting habitat for thousands of birds and is considered one of the prime birding sites in Southern California. The variety of bird species changes throughout the year as they migrate during each season. You will be led by Amigos de Bolsa Chica docent and birder Greg Leo.
For more information about the last Saturday Bolsa Chica bird tours by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica docents, go to www.amigosdebolsachica.org.
The Amigos de Bolsa Chica is a 501(c)3 foundation whose mission is to advocate the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the Bolsa Chica, to encourage the public acquisition of all the wetlands and sufficient surrounding open space to create a viable ecosystem, and to provide education about the importance of wetlands.
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to acquire, restore and preserve the entire 1700 acres of the mesa, lowlands and wetlands of the Bolsa Chica, and to educate the public about this natural treasure.