Naturalist Training Class of 2021
By Thomas Anderson

Volunteers at the HB LibraryFrom left: Kevin Hertell, 2021 Naturalist; Annie Daw, Volunteer of the Year and 2021
Naturalist; Judy Huck, Volunteer of the Year; Nancy Boyd Batstone, Volunteer of the
Year; and Yezzen Khazinder, 2021 Naturalist. Not pictued, new naturalist Arnold
Muasa. Photo by Thomas Anderson.
On Saturday, November 13 at the home of board member Cat Navetta, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica celebrated the completion of the 2021 Naturalist Training class with a lunch for our four new Naturalists, for our Volunteers of the Year – and for all of the Amigos amazing volunteers. The 2021 Naturalist training was a little different this year. Instead of eight in-person classes as we have done in the past, we took advantage of our pre-recorded trainings, new online quizzes and zoom discussions, and added more field trips and time spent in and around the Bolsa Chica. This year’s Naturalists, Annie Daw, Kevin Hertell, Arnold Muasa and Yezzen Khazinder, got to spend several hours at the wetlands with several experienced Naturalists to better learn how to discuss birds, ecology, plants, history and restoration with the students and adults who will participate in future Amigos public tours and private scheduled field trips. Thank you to Kim DiPasquale, Vic Leipzig, Nancy Boyd-Batstone, Jennifer Robins, Amber Davis, Sharon Von Dollen, Tom Pfeifer, Karen McReynolds and Nancy Curtis for their invaluable assistance in making the training happen.