Thank You to Volunteers Who Assisted with Summer Programs
By Nancy Boyd-Batstone and Jerry Donohue

Volunteers at the HB LibraryJennifer Robins, Nancy Boyd-Batstone and
Sharon Von Dollen participate in the HB
Library’s end of summer celebration. Photo
by Karen Belville.
This was an unusual summer. Due to COVID restrictions, our activities were limited through June and July. Undaunted, our volunteers got creative and went virtual! We provided “Live in the Wetlands” Zoom tours with elementary students enrolled in UCI’s Young Engineers and Scientists (YES) program. Thank you to Karen Belville, Annie Daw, Tom Pfeifer, Elissa Warantz, Jim Robins, Jerry Donohue, Judy Huck and Kim DePasquale.

We also had the opportunity to present “Live from the Wetlands” to educators around California as part of the NOAA Climate Generation Conference. Thank you to Tom Pfeifer and Annie Daw for their assistance giving talks about the Bolsa Chica.

In collaboration with the Huntington Beach Library, Amigos created a video and activities focused on wetlands and birds. Thank you to Karen Belville, Sharon Von Dollen and Jennifer Robins for coordinating this project and to Lauren Fillet for reading and hosting the virtual children’s storytime. As part of the library’s End of Summer Event, Amigos hosted an information and children’s activity booth. Thank you to Jennifer Robins, Karen Belville, Nancy Boyd-Batstone and Sharon Von Dollen for coordinating and staffing this booth that reached over 100 community members.

When we were given the green light we were excited to bring back our in-person Last Saturday of the Month Bird Walk in July and First Saturday of the Month Tour of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in August. Thank you to all of the Naturalists who resumed their posts: Terry Hill at the Bird Walk, Elissa Warantz, David Lasky, Karen McReynolds, Tom Pfeiffer, Terry Jorris and Sharon Von Dollen at the public Tour. A huge thank you to Jennifer and Jim Robins who continue to coordinate these activities and recruit the Naturalists each month.

Junior Rangers 2021

Junior RangersJerry Donohue helps one of the Junior
Rangers learn about microscopic life in
the ocean. Photo by Cat Navetta.
Amigos has worked with Bolsa Chica State Beach the past five years during July and August to provide beach interpretive programs. We have modified our FLOW activity, that is usually geared toward middle school and older groups, to include activities that engage children as young as five. This year, instead of working out of the Visitor Center, we transported equipment to the RV camping area which holds more than 40 vehicles. Each Friday for an hour we hosted budding future scientists and their equally inquisitive parents. We honored 41 Junior Rangers this summer with a stamped booklet and a silver badge confirming their participation. Amigos volunteers included Cat Navetta, Linda Fillet and Jerry Donohue.

As school starts up this fall, we are beginning to get requests for private, scheduled tours and FLOW. If you are interested in volunteering for future activities, please contact info@amigosdebolsachica.org. We look forward to a busy Fall and 2022!