Wetlands are areas where water covers soil all or part of the time. According to the EPA about 50% of endangered or threatened animal species in the U.S. depend on a wetland for survival. Devastatingly over half of these ecosystems are reported to be in poor condition. The EGBAR Foundation headquarters are located less than 5 miles from a wetland area and the foundation has been actively involved with the Bolsa Chica Conservancy in working to preserve and restore the space for many years.
Foundation volunteers have spent many service hours at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy over the past years aiding the Conservancy in its efforts to remove trash from the marsh and dune habitats, remove invasive non-native plants and replant native specifies in an effort to increase the viability, health and diversity of these increasingly rare coastal habitats.
Volunteers, like those from the EGBAR Foundation, remove an average of 10 tons of trash and debris from the Bolsa Chica trails and waterways routinely each year. They also annually remove several tons of non-native plants which can quickly smother an area to such an extent that animals have become threatened or endangered due to the loss of their natural food sources.
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy holds a regularly scheduled service days monthly. If you are local to Southern California we ask that you join us in volunteering.