14 Jun, 2010
California Paradise at Wetlands Near the Beach
Posted by: Beach Reporter In: world
One of the most beautiful places to experience California’s beaches are its wetlands. While nearly 90% of them have been destroyed and are gone, the small remaining parcels of land near the Pacific Ocean offer a wonderland of sights and sounds more astounding, surreal and 3-D in experience than any movie yet created.
The next time you plan a trip to a the beach, stick around at sunset and visit the nearby wetlands. The entire coast of California has wetlands that provide resting stops for the world travelers, and permanent homes for but a few non-migratory birds. From the graceful terns who are heading out now on their journeys after hatching their furry chicks, to the plovers, pelicans, egrets, blue herons, willits, and the black-necked stilts, half the fun is in learning their names and identifying them. The other half is in watching them dive-bomb to catch a fish. Here’s a larger list of California wetlands birds.
From Bolsa Chica wetlands shown in the photos in Orange County, to the Tijuana slough in San Diego, ecological reserves at Playa del Rey, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Guadalupe, Moss Landing, and Acata (to name a few), the beach takes on new meaning when you have the opportunity to learn about its ecologies and environments.
Many of these wetlands offer docent tours and hikes, teaching all ages about the local habitats. As visitors to the beach, if you know and teach your family that you can choke and kill a bird by leaving plastic items such as water bottle caps, soda can rings, plastic bags, and other things, you’ve taken the first step in becoming a steward to this irreplaceable beach asset that hopefully we can preserve.