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Bolsa Chica Wetlands Earth Day Festival

The Avocet is a fun shorebird to watch.
The Avocet is a fun shorebird to watch.
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The Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, California is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., with a free, fun filled day the whole family will enjoy.

Bolsa Chica is considered a saltwater marsh with estuarine conditions that occur seasonally. Salt water enters the wetlands, years round, through Anaheim Bay in Seal Beach and through a tidal inlet near the south end of the park. However, during the rainy season, fresh water creates brackish conditions typical of an estuary in four different locations within the reserve.

At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. It is an important migratory stop, as well as, nesting grounds for many avian species. The reserve is also home to four major plant groups and an assortment of marine life (Sharks, kelpfish, sponges, etc.), terrestrial animals (lizards and snakes), mammals (rabbits, coyotes, squirrels, etc.) and a list of fully protected, threatened, and endangered species.

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit, organization, has provided services through community involvement in hands-on restoration and education since 1990.

Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, visitors will have the opportunity to test the water, touch a live snake, count migrating birds, learn about habitat restoration, and much more.

The festival will also include a jump tent, food sales, and guided tours of the reserve! Sorry, no pets allowed on the Ecological Reserve.

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers free family fun for everyone!

Time: 10am-3pm
Location: 3842 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach CA 92643

For more information contact:
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy:
www.bolsachica.org
(714) 846-1114