The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has had a stroke of good luck. A crew from the Orange County Conservation Corps has come to work with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game to improve habitat for wildlife. They started three weeks ago. Some of the main beneficiaries of their work will be the endangered California least terns and threatened Western snowy plovers.
Gil Morales, a new supervisor with the corps, is in charge of this crew of 12 corps members. They will be stationed at Bolsa Chica through August. At that time, Grace Adams, executive director of the conservancy, and Josh Volp, director of operations at the Conservation Corps, expect to obtain Proposition 84 funds that will keep the crew at Bolsa Chica for another three to four months.
Vic and I are giddy with excitement about how much restoration work the crew will be able to accomplish in that time. Well, I am, anyway. I don't think I could ever describe staid Vic as giddy. Kelly O'Reilly, a DFG biologist, is also excited. Her staff of Gary Keller and Peter Knapp will be working with corps crew members to help them identify which plants to remove. They scout out work areas where birds are not currently nesting.