“Live from the Wetlands”
My Bolsa Chica Ecology Event Experience!
By David Nguyen

Editor’s note: David Nguyen is a student in Tom Pfeifer’s AP Environmental Science Class at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana. Mr. Pfeifer’s classes are taking advantage of the Amigos’ new virtual tour accompanied by a Naturalist broadcasting “Live from the Wetlands.” If you are a trained Naturalist, please consider volunteering to help with this exciting new program and continue the Amigos’ efforts to teach kids about the importance of wetlands.

I was excited to hear from my AP Environmental Science teacher about taking a break from our assignments for a day and to hear from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Even though it took place in Zoom, I still had an amazing time at the event because of Amigos De Bolsa Chica and the tons of information we got from it.

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Amigos de Bolsa Chica did an amazing job at engaging us in our event. I initially came into the Zoom meeting thinking it was going to be a typical virtual information session, but the passion they had in teaching us about the reserve made this virtual event very different from the ones I’ve gone to for school. They showed lots of enthusiasm in introducing us to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and used tons of visuals, videos, and sceneries at the reserve to make our experience interesting. We got to see tons of creatures we’ve never seen before like phytoplankton and zooplankton. As it was windy at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve during our event, these materials became really helpful when they were reiterating their explanations about the reserve so that we could get the most out of our event.

I left the event learning so much about the importance of ecosystems in our world. I was surprised to learn about the reserve’s history and how many people throughout Huntington Beach demanded at a state level to restore the reserve to its original state after construction of new infrastructure. The countless animals we saw at the Reserve, besides the plankton, were astonishing as they all had unique characteristics and behavior like their techniques to catch prey. Even the plants were interesting because we learned about their techniques to survive the reserve’s harsh soil and harnessed the soil’s high salt concentrations to stimulate photosynthesis. Everything about these organisms made so much sense when staff connected them to the reserve’s food chains and the Pacific Flyway. They also put lots of effort into answering our questions, giving us tons of information about it and wrapping more of what we learned together.

Again, my experience at Bolsa Chica was amazing. I hope to have more sessions with them, whether in my AP Environmental Science class or outside of school, so that I can continue to learn about the environment and why it’s important to us.