Restoring Nest Site 3 to Sand Dune Habitat

Nest Site 3 cleanup photosThese six photos capture the efforts
of 25 volunteers over two days of
clearing vegetation from Nest Site 3 to
restore it to sand dune habitat.
Photos by Thomas Anderson
Currently 90% of all vegetation, including Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral and invasive species, must be removed from Nest Site 3 in the area of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve that is closed to the public. Nest Site 3 was one of three nest sites created during the wetland restoration 15 years ago for the California Least Tern (an endangered species) and the Western Snowy Plover (a threatened species). Without continual maintenance, the site quickly becomes overgrown with non-native and native vegetation that discourages terns and plovers.

At the direction of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) Manager Melissa Loebl, CDFW Staff Vince and Gary, and led by Amigos board member Tom Pfeifer, on the third Saturday of the month beginning in October, volunteers have been busy clearing the nest site of ice plant, stink weed and a variety of plants before the spring nesting season begins. In just three Saturday mornings, huge progress has been made in the effort to restore the site to the sand dune habitat preferred by terns and plovers.

Thank you to all who have participated so far: Zion Pfeifer, Don Wellmann, Madi Grossman, Yurika Dennis, Hunter Dennis, Avery Dennis, Amber and Micah Stoffel, Ariel Arviero, Danica Zamora, Maria Theresa Macias, Roque Macias, Jenn Macias, Bob Wilkins, Taylor Karp, Lynn Yamaoka, Dan Dawes, Jimmy Fei, Les Young, Candelaria Hernandez, Gus Orozco, Britney Coker-Moen, Lance Santiago, Collin Shay, Jesse Soria, Dave Lasky, Lori Donohue, Karen Belville, Vic Leipzig, Jim Robins, Bill Stern, Annie Dawes, Nancy Boyd-Batstone and Thomas Anderson. One more session in January!