FLOW Training Day Friday, January 18
By Jill Lemon

Entering its fifth year of looking at Bolsa Chica’s microscopic inhabitants, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s FLOW Program is hosting an intensive, one-day training for new Citizen Scientists on Friday, January 18 at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. It is free and open to any and all who are interested.

Would you like to learn more about Bolsa Chica, both beach and wetlands? Would you like to know about the organisms that create over half of Earth’s oxygen and is the basis for the ocean food web? We need your help to keep an eye on Bolsa Chica’s water conditions, productivity and chemistry. And, we would like you to share this knowledge with visiting students, many of whom are from underserved schools and have never see the ocean.

As a volunteer Citizen Scientist for FLOW, you will learn how to identify potentially harmful plankton species and measure water quality variables such as temperature, salinity, pH and nutrients in efforts to monitor the health of the ecosystem at Bolsa Chica. FLOW’s volunteers also help teach all levels of students and the community about environmental and science practices. And you will be part of a network of citizen scientists that collect data all over the state and nation!

The training day is designed to provide the knowledge and scientific skill sets you would need to participate, so no previous science background is needed. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica is working on plans for creating more opportunities for citizen science amongst both the volunteers and visiting students. 2019 promises to be the most exiting year for FLOW yet! Contact me at flow@amigosdebolsachica.org to sign up!
Download and print the 2019 FLOW Citizen Scientist Training flyer.