Vic and I searched for marine invertebrates at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve last week. Accompanying us were 18 young men and women from the Orange County Conservation Corps. Our task was to collect a variety of marine invertebrates for docents at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy to take to a group of kindergarten classes later that morning.
Although it is a lot of fun to catch these critters, I should point out that collecting animals from the ecological reserve generally is not allowed. We were working under a permit issued to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. The crabs, snails and other critters were removed from the reserve for only a short time and treated with special care. We put them into buckets of seawater, which were then put into ice chests with ice packs to keep them cool. After the animals had served their educational purpose, they were returned unharmed to the wetlands.