2017 Docent Class
By Jennifer Robins

Amigos de Bolsa Chica had a very successful Docent Class this year. There were nine attendees who all completed the class conducted in September and October. The new Docents are Brian Bradford, Monica Brady, Susana Coronel, Kim Dipasquale, Abra Gasser, Victoria Masjuan, Bobbie Placek, Gregg Placek and Janelle Sorenson. Their backgrounds include volunteering with the homeless and harvesting produce for the Second Harvest Food Bank of OC, managing volunteers in the City of Santa Clarita, conducting in-home hospice care, helping with riparian restoration project, leading restoration projects in Upper Newport Bay, volunteering for Relay for Life and Harvest Crusade, Environmental Activist, Leader and Speaker with The Climate Reality Project, working at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and volunteering with the Newport Bay Conservancy. Their varied experiences and knowledge will provide important valuable skills and competence for our organization.

The presenters for the sessions were Brian Westcott for History, Jim Robins for Restoration, Dr. Vic Leipzig for Ecology, Elissa Warantz for Birds and Endangered Species, Kelly O’Reilly for Fishes and Marine Invertebrates, and Rachael Lloyd for Wetland Native Plants. Brian, Jim, Vic, Elissa and Rachael are Amigos docents with many years of experience. Kelly is the Manager of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 22-minute video, Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, was presented to the class to provide insight to the enormous amount of time and effort that saved the wetlands for future generations. A three-hour Perimeter Tour of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve was given by Dr. Vic Leipzig. A Bird Tour of the BCER will be scheduled in the future.

Facilitators for the class were Jennifer Robins, Jim Robins and Jerry Donohue. Bill Stern returned for a refresher and provided excellent advice and encouragement to the new Docents about conducting tours. If you are interested in signing up for the next Docent Class to be held in 2018, please contact the Amigos office at info@amigosdebolsachica.org or call 714 840-1575.