Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve in the city of Huntington Beach, California. It is designated by the California Department of Fish and Game to protect a coastal wetland, with its resident threatened and endangered species. "Bolsa Chica" means "little bag" in Spanish, as the area was part of a historic Mexican land grant named Rancho La Bolsa Chica. The Reserve is also called many other names, including Bolsa Chica Lowlands, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge.SettingThe Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve boundaries are Warner Avenue to the north, Seapoint Avenue to the south, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to the west, and residential development to the east.There are two small parking lots: the north lot southeast of the intersection of Warner and PCH, and the south lot on PCH across from the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. The north lot contains the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center. It is the starting point for the Mesa Trail, which leads to the overlook and rest stop at Mesa Point. The south lot is the starting point for the 1.5mi Loop Trail, which crosses a wooden bridge, passes two overlooks, and returns to the parking lot via a sand-dune trail paralleling PCH.The East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel runs through the Reserve. Beginning in December 2007, flood control improvements were made by the County of Orange to reinforce the levees damaged in the rains of 2005 and protect the wetlands. In addition, the Newport–Inglewood Fault goes through the reserve.
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  • Big variety of shore birds and ducks. Close enough for good pictures in a natural setting. Easy walking paths, benches to sit and beauty to enjoy. Worth making a trip!  more »
  • Access is easy and there is a lot to see; curlews, grebe, ruddy ducks, plovers and egrets almost wherever we looked. We also watched an osprey take a fish and rays swimming in the clear shallows near ...  more »
  • Our cousin was visiting. She loves nature and going for walks, so this free attraction made a perfect outing. Very peaceful. An easy stroll with birds, waterfowl, fish and tadpoles to enjoy.  more »

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