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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 Kenny Perez or Kirsten Haltman at 714-846-1114 or kenny@bolsachica.org or kirsten@bolsachica.org.

Upcoming ExperTalk Events:

Surprising Connections in the Natural (and Unnatural) World by Drew Talley, Ph.D.


Description: Individual habitats, natural populations, and even people are “connected.” What affects one may have profound and often unexpected implications in others. Drew Talley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental and ocean sciences at the University of San Diego, has been studying these connections in habitats ranging from salt marshes to desert islands for the past 25 years, and will share some of these insights.

Duration: approx. 1 hour Suggested Donation: $10.00 per participant*


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Most Recent ExperTalk Events:

Expert Talk Series “The History of the Bolsa Chica Gun Club" with Chris Epting | January 30, 2021

Synopsis: Founded in 1899, the Bolsa Chica Gun Club was a retreat for the rich and powerful, including one notable member, Henry Huntington, who forever changed the surrounding area when he made plans to purchase Pacific city in 1903, thus creating “Huntington Beach.” However, the club holds many other stories, from a near blood-feud between local farmers and out-of-town millionaires to its hosting of many luminaries and, ultimately, its place in World War II history as a coastal military barracks. What other secrets are held here today among the sparse ruins? Author Chris Epting has uncovered little-known tales and mysteries along with rarely-seen photos.

Expert Talk Series “The Geologic History of Southern California” with Eric Cathcart, M.S. | January 30, 2021

Synopsis: California is renowned throughout the world for our biological diversity, but the geologic history of the region is just as fascinating as our plant and animal life. The geology of California is highly complex, with numerous mountain ranges, substantial and historically intense tectonic activity, and rich natural resources that have made the state a mining hotspot. But what exactly happened all those millions of years ago that shaped California as it is today? To find out, join the Conservancy and Eric Cathcart as he describes the very unique conditions that created the geologic wonders of Southern California.


Expert Talk Series “Penquin Etiquette (and other things I learned in Antarctica” with Chris Epting | April 22, 2018

Synopsis: Expanding our reach to bring you topics on ocean connectivity, award-winning author Chris Epting returned on Earth Day 2018 to enthrall you with stories about an unforgettable trip he and his then teenage daughter took to a little-known place called Snow Hill Island in Antarctica, where he observed and studied Emperor Penguins, a unique and challenging adventure. In the talk, Epting explores ecologic connections between creatures of the deep icy southern hemisphere and our wetland ecosystems, and why it is important to protect and preserve our natural habitats.



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*The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is committed to providing education for all, but programs like our ExperTalk Series would not be possible without support from the members of our community. While the program contribution is not required, it is greatly appreciated!*

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