Orange County real estate treasure The Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach provides the local community with an outdoor space ripe with wildlife and natural beauty. Miles of hiking trails provide the opportunity for locals living in Orange County homes to study a unique ecological system. Right in their own backyard marine life is abundant. And, bird watchers can spot many of their feathered friends with a Bird Identification Checklist available online.
Inside the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center visitors can learn details about the plants and animals making this land into their Orange County homes. One area of the center is dedicated to sea life. Two salt water aquariums host various marine creatures native to the Southern California coastal area. Several species of stars may be viewed including Ochre Stars, Giant Spined Stars and Bat Stars. Youngsters love to find the California Spiny Lobster and Striped Shore Crabs among other interesting critters. A second section of the building showcases reptiles. Various snakes are represented such as California Kings and Coastal Rosy Boas. Guests are often able to watch live animal feedings.
Caring for the environment is a big commitment. Those wanting to assist in local efforts can participate in Public Service Days the second Sunday and last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open to volunteers ages 6 and up this continued effort makes an impact on the neighboring habitat. The Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in before heading out to the wetlands.