The end of May marks the end of the planting season for the BCLT Stewards on the Bolsa Chica Mesa. Planting season matches the...
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Bolsa Chica Land Trust
The mission of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust is to acquire, restore and preserve ALL of the mesa, lowlands, and wetlands of the Bolsa Chica, and to educate the public about this natural wonder and its cultural significance.
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BCLT is cancelling all of our public events: tours and volunteer workdays until further notice.
In respose to the current health crisis with Covid-19 all our tours and volunteer days are cancelled. At this point, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is still open to the public (please – no dogs & no bikes) for a walk in the wildflowers and some bird-watching. However, the parking lots are closed. We are doing our part during this crisis to keep our docents and core team members safe. As soon as we can, our team will joyously be back out at Bolsa Chica and inviting you all to help us care for it. We hope that all of our supporters, your families and friends, stay well.
Not all of our efforts are put on hold, we are still working hard behind the scenes on all of our projects for Bolsa Chica. We ask that you consider making a donation which we will put to good use to protect and restore all of Bolsa Chica.
If you are stuck inside here are a few awesome online places you can go to get your nature fix:
Nature Conservancy Photo Gallery: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/photo-contest/2019-winners/?src=e.dfr.eg.mem20.cultivate1.X_2003.loc_b
Explore Nature Live Cams: https://explore.org/livecams
National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/index.htm search Explore Parks, and check out their The Poetry of Parks section
Submissions Open: BCLT’s 2021 Wings Over Bolsa Calendars
Filled with over 50 photos from Bolsa Chica, our unique calendar is filled with information about the birds and wildlife. Donations for the calendar go to helping support our education and restoration projects, your amazing photos go a long way to making what we do at Bolsa Chica successful.
BCLT’s coloring books and t-shirts make great gifts
Coloring is a way to exercise creativity and imagination while gently focusing and calming the mind. It also can help lower stress and anxiety levels.
You can get your own copy of the Bolsa Chica Coloring Book by donating $20 to the Bolsa Chica Land Trust today, and t-shirts (kid and adult sizes) here! Your donation helps fund our continuous advocacy to save and preserve open space at Bolsa Chica forever, restore degraded acres to native sustainable habitats, and educate thousands of community members to the natural wonders and cultural significance of Bolsa Chica. Together, we can secure the future of Bolsa Chica as a preserved open space for all!
Thank you Annie Bou for all your hard work and dedication to this book!
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Many of you may be seeing mailers and videos promoting the Poseidon desalination plant. Poseidon is working on acquiring the required permits to build its desalinization plant adjacent to the AES power plant on Pacific Coast Highway here in Huntington Beach. BCLT is an environmental organization, and although our primary focus is on Bolsa Chica, it and our coastal environment are forever linked. As such, we at BCLT are very concerned about threats to our coastal environment, including the impacts projected to be caused directly from a fully functioning Poseidon desalinization plant. The ocean is the life blood of Bolsa Chica, and we will not support any project that threatens our ocean wildlife. The Poseidon plant is expected when operational to create a 421.4 acre dead zone, or “area of production forgone” as it is described in the permitting documents. As for the mitigation that Poseidon is stating that they will give to Bolsa Chica – yes, Bolsa Chica is in need of considerable and continuing funding, the damage that people inflicted on Bolsa Chica for over one hundred years left it in need of significant care. BCLT is working hard with the State and Federal agencies involved in the oversight of our wetlands to help identify ways to care for Bolsa Chica in a more fiscally sustainable manner without compromising on biological diversity, and without creating dead zones in our fragile coastal ecosystems.
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