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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
714 846 1114
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Houston, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like bird and nature walks, this park is for you. Free to park on north side of PCH. Many types of birds and small critters to see. Bring your binoculars and cameras.

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Huntington Beach, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
4 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great place for a walk in the early morning. Bring your bird book and binoculars. Beach is just across the highway.

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There are more pristine wildlife preserves than this one. However, it seems to be a favorite of Huntington Beach locals and has a rather large collection of docents who lead walks, staff the VC, and are otherwise available to help you on your little excursion. This Reserve sits across the PCH from the main section of Huntington Beach. Auto traffic... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This area is a wonderful area to visit. Many species of birds and plants. You can walk miles of trails. You also see a number of "runners" as it's a great place to train with out the worry of getting hit by a car..

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Huntington Beach, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I like to think of Bolsa Chica as Huntington Beach's hidden gem. Not only is the presence of a wetland essential to the local environment, but its history sets it apart from other attractions. On some of the trails you can see the gun turrets that were installed during WWII for defense against a possible Japanese invasion, and if you... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We used to live in Huntington Beach, and we remember the fight that took place between the land developers and the nature lovers, like us, over Bolsa Chica. The environmentalists won! If you love nature, you will appreciate this beautiful reserve. The walk is easy due to the level walkways and would probably even be wheelchair accessible (but you might... More

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I came here with my grandmother and 2 of my aunts who required wheelchairs. We enjoyed a leisurely walk for a short while and saw plenty of birds (including egrets, cranes, herons, and hawks feeding near the trail. The trail was wheelchair accessible, but the dirt trail was a little bumpy.

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Huntington Beach, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I'm here at least once a week for a walk and run. I love the wildlife in the mornings. I see bunnies, squirrels, and coyotes. If you love bird watching, this is the place for you. You'll see herons, egrets, hawks, white pelicans, Canadian geese, and countless others. It's a great place for kids to learn about wetlands, native flora... More

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Kihei, Hawaii
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We walk the reserve several times a year and it never gets boring. We usually do a three mile loop that takes an hour. Depending on the time of year the many species of birds that are there is impressive. We have seen the usual abundance of water birds but also hawks, buzzards, ospreys ( a fish hawk) and even... More

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Manila, Philippines
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Visiting the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is always invigorating and refreshing. The wetlands will show the visitor a lot of waders like the grebes and scaups, occasional scoters, ruddy ducks and skimmers. If you walk up to the tidal gates, you may even see pelicans diving for fish. The reserve really is a great birding site. By the boardwalk, you... More

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