What glorious weather we’re having, sunny skies and temps in the high 70s. Spring is busting out all over.
I had a work day this week, so I thought I’d share some photos of this month’s Orange County Conservation Corps new hires.
For our educational day in the field, we did a wildlife survey at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. I give each Corps member a checklist. They also have photo sheets of the various kinds of wildlife from invertebrates to mammals that we’re likely to see. We found round stingrays on this survey, the first of the spring. Seal Beach and the Bolsa Chica have the largest concentration of round stingrays that is known.
But we saw no sharks. Although gray smoothhound and leopard sharks are present in abundance in the summer, they’re usually not visible from shore.
The Western Pacific rattlesnake was a rare find. After our field trip, we go to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center to look at the marine aquarium and touch tank, as well as live non-poisonous snakes such as gopher and king snakes. Fun day.
Yep, this is what I do for a living, such as it is. I’m only working about one day every other month, so I’m pretty much retired these days except for my newspaper column.