A Year at Bolsa Chica with Segerstrom High School Environmental Science Students
By Thomas Pfeifer
annual Coast Cleanup in September. Photo
Winter was spent at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the tidal inlet collecting plankton and doing water quality testing under the stewardship of Jerry Donohue. After participating in the FLOW program, Segerstrom Environmental Science students headed to the Bolsa Chica State Beach headquarters to remove invasive plants and take out any dead branches from the native plants.
Chica State Beach Vistior Center. Photo
by Thomas Pfeifer.
In March students learned some native planting techniques at the Newport Back Bay Science Center and purchased native plants to bring back to Bolsa Chica State Beach headquarters. After learning some native plant propagation techniques in the Newport Back Bay Science Center nursery from Matt Yurkos, Segerstrom environmental science students set off with shovels and water to transplant Coastal Sage and California Buckwheat to the hills surrounding the Newport Back Bay Estuary.
April 14 saw the Earth Day celebration at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. It was followed two weeks later by the Huntington Beach Unified School District STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Fair. Segerstrom environmental science students demonstrated plankton identification microscopy and bird adaptation demos at the both Earth Day and the STEAM fair with guidance from the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. Not only did students get to show off FLOW techniques they learned earlier in the year, they were also able to survey other demonstrations from the Surfrider Foundation, the Sea and Sage chapter of the Audubon Society, as well as the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the American Cetacean Society.
the Huntington Beach Unified School District
STEAM Fair. Photo by Thomas Pfeifer.
By mid-morning the students headed back to the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center and planted the Coastal sage and California Buckwheat they bought from the Newport Back Bay Science Center earlier in March. We finished off the day inside the Visitor Center celebrating the end of another successful school year by eating granola bars and Flaming Hot Cheetos!
On behalf of all the students at Segerstrom High School I just wanted to say “Thank You” to all the volunteers at Amigos De Bolsa Chica for another incredible year! Your hard work, dedication, and mentoring of my students at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve is one the pillars of my Environmental Science program.