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ExperTalk Series


The ExperTalk Series is a great way for members of the community to learn more about topics related to Bolsa Chica, such as local plants and wildlife, restoration practices, nutrient cycling within wetlands, and Native American history! Our ExperTalk series also provide presentations on current day issues relating to environmental conservation and other relative ecology topics such as drought-tolerant landscaping and local biodiversity of zooplankton.

 

For more information on the ExperTalk Series or to RSVP, contact Abbey Messmer at 714-846-1114 or abbey@bolsachica.org.

 

ExperTalk Events:

 

ExperTalk Series: “Raptors of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands”

Posted on: Mar 22, 2017 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis: The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve provides a unique habitat for many flora and fauna species, some more common than others. Rich in food sources and an excellent climate, Bolsa Chica hosts many birds of prey, also known as raptors. A variety of hawks, falcons, kites and owls call the ...



ExperTalk Series: December 8th, 2016 – 5:00PM to 6:30PM

Posted on: Nov 09, 2016 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

  Synopsis: The Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata), is native to Southern California. They are typically found in aquatic habitats, such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and streams. They favor areas that contain large numbers of emergent logs or boulders where they will congregate to bask. Due to California’s summer months, ...



ExperTalk Series: October 6, 2016 – 4:30pm to 6pm

Posted on: Sep 09, 2016 / Education-Events / 0 COMMENTS



ExperTalk Series “Not-So-Empty Nests: Construction, Function, and Human Influences on Western Bluebird Nests” with Bill Hoese | May 5, 2016

Posted on: Apr 26, 2016 / Education-Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

  Synopsis Bird nests insulate and protect developing eggs and growing chicks. Western bluebirds are secondary cavity nesters that use abandoned cavities and readily nest in boxes placed in the habitat. Dr. Hoese and his students have been collaborating with the Southern California Bluebird Club to investigate the composition and ...



Expert Talk Series “Urban Farming: Tips and Techniques for Growing Your Own Food in a Small Space” with Louann Murrary, PhD | March 3, 2016

Posted on: Apr 26, 2016 / Education-Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

  Synopsis Join us for an exciting discussion on the pleasures and pitfalls of raising hens for eggs in your backyard, as well as interesting strategies used for gardening in a changing and increasingly unpredictable climate. Our speaker, Dr. Louann Murray, will also be discussing the locavore and Slow Food ...



Expert Talk Series “Meet The Birds-An Exciting Photo Tour of How Birds Can Change Lives” with Steve Kaye | November 5, 2015

Posted on: Oct 20, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis Join us for an enjoyable photo tour that shows how birds change lives. Professional photographer Steve Kaye will show his photos of mostly local birds. He’ll also share information about these birds, tell the stories behind the photos, and offer practical tips on how to take better photos. This ...



Expert Talk Series “Incidence of Salmonella in free ranging lizards of Southern California” with Dr. Jeffery Burkhardt | September 17, 2015

Posted on: Aug 23, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis Salmonella is a well known pathogenic bacterium, with approximately one million cases of human infection recorded annually. In recent decades, health workers have begun to document an increase in the incidence of human Salmonella illnesses, partly as a result of contact between humans and their pets. Considerable study has ...



Expert Talk Series: “Drought Tolerant Gardening and Landscaping” with Dr. Chuck Nichols | July 9, 2015

Posted on: Jun 26, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis With California facing one of the most severe droughts in its history, the state’s residents are being called to be more vigilant than ever to conserve water. One of the measures proposed to conserve water is to convert residential and commercial landscaping with water-smart landscaping. Xeriscaping, drought-tolerant, and drought-resistant ...



Expert Talk Series “Huntington Beach Wetlands: Challenges Successes in Restoration” with Dr. Christine Whitcraft | May 14, 2015

Posted on: May 12, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis Dr. Whitcraft’s talk will cover research in Southern California wetland systems that evaluates whether the plant, algal and benthic macroinvertebrate communities and associated decomposer-based food webs will return to a pre-disturbance state (as compared to reference marshes). In an effort to reclaim degraded wetland habitat, the Huntington Beach Wetlands ...



Expert Talk Series “Magellanic Penguins – An Intimate Look at an Indicator Species” with Terri Oba | March 27, 2015

Posted on: Mar 18, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Synopsis Certain communities in an ecosystem can tell us about the health of that ecosystem. In Bolsa Chica, for example, the presence of the Light-footed Ridgeway’s Rail can indicate that the marsh habitat may be improving, and that organismal communities in wetland sediment are healthy enough to sustain the food ...



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