President's Tern
Thank You to the Amigos Membership
By Charles Falzon

Thank you to all our members who responded to our recent membership renewal drive. Your continued support by renewing your annual membership is so important to the Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s four decades of success. We truly could not have done it without you and we cannot achieve much in the future without your support. Your membership renewal allows us to continue to face the many challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

As we’ve discussed in the Tern Tide in the past, finding funding for continued maintenance of the full tidal basin is one of our most pressing priorities. Many of us remember what the Bolsa Chica was like prior to the full tidal basin, with only muted tidal areas. Returning to that is not an option – we all want to see this amazing restoration project continue to flourish and bring greater biodiversity to the Bolsa Chica for generations to come.

We are continuing to build on the success of FLOW, our citizen science program, by embarking on a new partnership with the Newport Bay Conservancy. Their interest in our plankton research ensures we can educate a new generation of young, inquisitive minds about the necessity of and connection between healthy wetlands and healthy oceans. The miracles and joys of phytoplankton should not be underestimated.

We are also currently revising our wetland tour education materials to promote the variety of Next Generation Science Standards that are met through the Amigos’ docent-led tours of the Bolsa Chica. The Amigos has offered tours of Bolsa Chica to schools since 1986, assisting educators in meeting their educational goals and needs. These necessary revisions ensure that educators of all grades can count on the Amigos de Bolsa Chica for years to come.

But none of this can be achieved without you—our members—support. Annual membership dues, along with our annual donation solicitation letter, cover much of the funding to keep the organization going: bus transportation for underserved schools, phones, printing, postage, insurance for volunteers and participants, and our two-person part-time staff, just to mention a few of the basic necessities for any organization or business. So thank you again, dear member. Your contributions large and small, are incredibly important and more appreciated than you may ever know.