Earth Day falls on a Sunday this year.
The folks at Bolsa Chica celebrated Earth Day on April 14 with tours, live snakes, and even a bounce house for children. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust and the California Department of Fish and Game put on the event.
Vic had a station at the event where he showed people how to survey for migratory birds. Kids visiting the station were shown how to use binoculars, then asked to count the birds on the mudflats in front of them. Some of the younger kids weren't able to count as high as the number of birds!
While Bolsa Chica is important as a natural habitat, Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Central Park is important as an education center. At Shipley, visitors can learn about habitats, native plants, and wildlife, as well as conservation of natural resources. For example, Shipley has an awesome setup for collecting rainwater from the roof of their interpretive center, and also has a great compost demonstration facility.