December 2022

Dear Friend,

First off, a great big THANK YOU to everyone who joined the movement and gave on GivingTuesday! Your generosity truly made a difference. In December the office will be busy preparing for next year and will be closed from Dec. 19, 2022 - Jan. 2, 2023. In the meantime, you can read about what we accomplished in 2022 in the Year-end Letter from Jennifer, the BCLT President. Not to brag, but it's pretty impressive. You will also find our '12 ways of Giving' and beautiful last-minute gift options for family and friends.

Even though the office will be closed at the end of the month, our volunteering opportunities and free tours are still happening! Especially our weekly beach cleanups on Monday mornings. Find all of the details in the volunteer section of this enewsletter.

Happy Holidays and New Year!

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2022 Year-end Letter from the BCLT President

It's already the last month of 2022?! How time flies like the hunting Peregrine Falcon. As is customary at this time of year, we reflect on the past year and all the accomplishments BCLT made towards fulfilling our mission. It helps us set goals and plans for the new year. The Year-end Letter is a reminder to our members about the important work we do to care for Bolsa Chica that your donations directly support year after year. We truly couldn't restore, educate and protect Bolsa Chica without you. This letter is for you.

Read the Year-end Letter

The 12 Ways of Giving this Holiday Season

There are many ways to financially support us that you might not have heard about before. Here is a list of various options to make things quick and simple.

  1. One-time donations* 
  2. Monthly recurring donations* 
  3. Donate for a specific program or project. You tell us exactly what you want your money to go towards 
  4. Donate in memory or tribute of someone else 
  5. Planned giving and endowment 
  6. Order gift items like calendars, t-shirts, mugs and more* 
  7. Keep the Spirit of GivingTuesday alive by donating on Tuesdays in December!
  8. Employer match or volunteer hour donation you set up through your employer if they offer this type of program
  9. Shop on AmazonSmile and select BCLT as your charity of choice 
  10. Shop directly on our Amazon Charity Wish List to help us get supplies for our projects and programs 
  11. Facebook birthday fundraiser for us
  12. Get creative with your own fundraising efforts for us!

*online, in person, or even through the mail

Thank you for your support!

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Great Gifts for the Holidays

other merchandise

The 2023 Wings Over Bolsa Calendar is now in stock on our website! The price is the same as last year at just $15 donation per calendar. We also have the 5-pack special again (buy 4 calendars, get 1 free). Follow the directions on the description to get the automatic discount in your cart.


Filled with stunning full-color photos of birds and wildlife at Bolsa Chica and printed in California with soy ink and partially recycled paper creating high quality calendars, this 13-month format is great for holiday gifts!

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we have new t-shirts and mugs with colorful CA Least Terns and Great Blue Herons. Mugs are a $20 donation and the t-shirts in baby blue (multiple adult sizes) are a $30 donation. These are going fast, so snatch them up before they're gone. 

Thank you to the more than 20 photographers who generously submitted their photos for the calendar!  

Order Calendars and Other Gifts


stewards watering

BCLT Stewards Habitat Restoration Volunteering



Sunday Dec. 4th, 9am-12

Saturday Dec. 17th, 9am-12

Pre-registration and sign up on our website is required. Capped at 40 volunteers for each event.

Email Beverley at for more details

docent teaching children

Miracles of the Marsh Docent Volunteering


Contact the office for more information or 714-846-1001

tour on footbridge

BCLT Outreach and Free Public Tour



Sunday Dec. 11th, 10am-12

Sunday Dec. 18th, 10am- 12

Contact the office for more information or 714-846-1001

Beach Clean Ups

They're back!


When: Every Monday at 8:30am from November to March


Where: 20th Street entrance to Huntington City Beach


Who: Everyone! Most of the supplies are provided, but if you want, please bring a reusable bucket or bag, and gloves.  


How: Please email Mike at to volunteer.  


*If you have a group that you want to bring, please email and we can work to accommodate your group.*

Green Heron by Jay Spring

Dec. Bird of the Month: Green Heron

This usually solitary bird can raise its dark crest and flick its tail when disturbed, while letting out an abrasive “kyowk.” Usually, it is camouflaged in its preferred habitat where it perches in trees or vegetation hanging over water. The Green Heron has non-contrasting colors of green, blue-gray and chestnut which blend with the water habitat. Look for this bird when it’s hunting, walking slowly in shallow water or standing still at the water’s edge till a fish comes close enough for the heron to lunge forward to stab and grab it.

18” long; 26” wingspan; 7 oz.

photo: Jay Spring

Reminders When You Visit Bolsa Chica

Here are some things to remember during your visit:

  • Please stay on the trails. Not only could you disturb nesting birds, but snakes are often not far off the trails.
  • Enjoy the flowers, but please do not pick them.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Do not litter. Please pack out your trash, including food scraps.
  • No bikes.
  • No dogs.
  • No drones.
  • Enjoy being with nature!
  • If you see any BCLT Stewards working along the trail, say hi! We are happy to answer any questions.

Support Bolsa Chica Today!

The mission of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust is the acquisition, preservation, and restoration of all of Bolsa Chica and the education of the public to its natural wonders and cultural significance.

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Questions? Email us at or call (714) 846-1001

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Photo Credits:

banner, calendar- Eric Benson, flock of birds- Roy Holden, sand dune trail- E. Chin, Stewards- James Huang, Miracle docent with kids, Elegant Terns on beach- Marinka Horack, Green Heron- Jay Spring