Bordered by Pacific Coast Highway on one side and residences and oil fields on the other, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a 1,300-acre coastal estuary with a range of habitats, from open water, mudflats, and salt marshes to coastal dunes. It was created as a sanctuary for migratory birds and wildlife and for the protection of the coastal wetlands and endangered species that call it home.
You can walk through the reserve along the five miles of trails and look for resident and migratory birds – there are almost 200 species that are regularly spotted. Visit the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center off Warner Avenue to learn more about the efforts to preserve wetlands and to find out about the scheduled wetland tours given by one of the local conservation groups.
Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA, 714-846-1114 (website) Photo: William/Fotolia
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