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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Address: Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
Phone Number: 714 846 1114
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching

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Wonderful wildlife

I agree with the other reviewers that this is a surprising pleasant walk where you can see an amazing amount of wildlife. We are locals and have been here for school and with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Seal Beach, California
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Seal Beach, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I agree with the other reviewers that this is a surprising pleasant walk where you can see an amazing amount of wildlife. We are locals and have been here for school and with scouts and to volunteer. You can arrange a guide if you call ahead. They know all the nesting places so you can identify a lot more birds.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Really neat wild place in Southern California. With gentle level trails that traverse the wetlands area, you can see incredible numbers and types of birds, along with other wildlife (snakes, coyotes, etc.) A great place for kids

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Coto De Caza, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is one of most unique nature walks available on the coast. Steps from the surf, in world of it's own, bring your camera and your bird watching book. You can spend hours in the peaceful oasis and not see it all. Or bring your walking shoes and enjoy one of the best (easy) nature walk on the coast, close... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

My 4 yr old daughter and I visited this Conservatory around 10 am during the week. I love taking pictures of wildlife and wanted to to hike around somewhere educational, so I thought this place would be perfect. The reserve runs along the PCH and you enter in the parking lot at Warner Ave. There is a small but friendly... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I loved walking around the wetlands and seeing all of the different birds and animals. Being from the east coast it was really interesting to see different ecology than I am used to. The trails were great and the signage was informative without being over-present.

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Go here & unwind! And watch the natural wildlife! What makes it so cool is that it's right here and you don't have to go far to enjoy the "wildlife"! Go and relax! Take the kids/family for a while to get away! You can even catch some pretty cool stuff with your cameras! Highly recommended for a different activity away... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A nice place to bird. We watched Rails mating and nesting. The bird list on their site could be improved to be easy to download and or print. It gets hot fast in the morning of course when I'm birding time flys. Sorry

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

the bird watching here is amazing... lots of cool fish and other critters to enjoy... I have seen buzzards, eagles, hawks, and more... definitely a wildlife feast for the eyes...

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Laguna Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Interesting spot: I saw a tremendous number of different birds. Definitely an oasis of nature in an otherwise densely populated Orange County area. There is a small free parking area off Warner Street (just east of PCH). Be forewarned: DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG! Even on leash, no dogs allowed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Coming from the East coast, a visit to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve was a great way to add life birds to my list. Additionally, many of the birds are accustomed to people and were not too skittish which allowed some good opportunities for bird photography. Along with wading birds, ducks gulls and terns, it was nice to have the opportunity... More 

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