Farewell to BCER Manager, Kelly O'Reilly
By Kim DiPasquale

Kelly O'Reilly RetiresRetiring BCER Manager Kelly
O’Reilly receives a photo
plaque from the Amigos. Plaque
and photo by Kim DiPasquale.
The Amigos de Bolsa Chica bid farewell to a dear friend, Kelly O’Reilly, who retired from her position as Reserve Manager for the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on September 11 of this year.

Kelly’s education in science began with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science from Cal-State Fullerton and then continued with a Master of Science degree in Biology from CSUF in 2001. Shortly thereafter she began her career with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife when she was hired to work as a marine fisheries biologist. Her work at that time involved helping to shape the Departments management policies to preserve California’s marine life species. As if the demands of this position weren’t enough, Kelly taught oceanography at Orange Coast College in the evenings from the Fall of 2001 through the Spring of 2005.

In 2007 Kelly’s career shifted from marine fisheries management to coastal wetlands management when she became the reserve manager of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Her duties have included protecting wildlife and native wetland habitat at the reserve as well as maintaining its infrastructure. She has also been active in monitoring the breeding activity of endangered bird species and maintaining an inventory of Bolsa Chica’s plants and animals. In addition, she has worked with numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations like the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.

The Amigos are very thankful for and appreciative of everything Kelly has done for the reserve and for our organization. She has been very generous with her time having given numerous scientific lectures in support of our educational programs and has always been available to keep us up to date on what’s happening at the reserve and to answer any reserve related questions that we might have. She has served with dedication, hard work, and integrity. We will most assuredly miss Kelly but we are very happy for her as she begins a new chapter in her life and we wish her well.