4th Tues Conservation Lecture
Least Tern Project info
2017 Nesting Season
Snowy Plover Survey
Glass Wall at Bolsa Chica
by Karen Gilbert
Information on the wall:
2007, a 6 foot high glass wall was installed by the developer
of the Brightwater housing project on the Bolsa Chica Mesa,
to act as a barrier between the development and the Bolsa
Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. Access to the
wall was not open to public and no one discovered this bird
flight hazard until last week when the entrance to the public
trail along the outside of the wall became open to the public.
The glass panels on the wall are clear and it's difficult
to realize that a glass barrier does exist there unless you
touch it. Birds have less experience with glass than people
and don't realize a barrier exists until too late, when they
try to fly through it. Few survive the impact.
which is open to the public, runs along the outside of the
wall, providing good views of the reserve and bird life on
the mesa. The easiest access to the public trail along the
wall is at the very end of Bolsa Chica Street. There is some
parking near the dead end, or, you can park and walk down
from the stop sign at Bolsa Chica Street and Los Patos. The
trailhead is at the dead end, just follow it out and you'll
see the wall.
source of information on glass walls & their effect on birds:
McQuade, one of our Sea & Sage members, wrote an outstanding
article on her blog about the wall and did a lot of research
on bird collisions with glass. Those of you interested in the
problem of glass walls and their effect on birds will find her
article entitled The
Birds of Bolsa Chica Versus Brightwater's Wall of Glass
well researched and interesting reading. Thanks for sharing
this with us, Karen.
|An article about
the wall entitled, "Glass Wall Kills Refuge Birds,"
written by Annie Burris, was in the Nov. 19th edition of the
Orange County Register. Here is a link to her article: http://www.ocregister.com/news/birds-wall-dead-1925737-boardman-three
|Annie wrote a second
article about the wall entitled, "Chain-link Fence May
Save Birds From Death" which appeared in the Nov. 26th
edition of the Orange County Register. Here is a link to that
|Tony Barboza wrote
an article about the wall entitled, "Glass Wall Has Birders
Seeing Red" which appeared in the Nov. 27th edition of
the Los Angeles Times, California Section. Here is a link
to that article: http://tinyurl.com/284or4
help is needed!
Volunteers are needed to monitor the glass wall on a daily
basis to check for injured or dead birds. The only way we
are going to get that glass wall changed is to keep tabs on
the amount of damage it is doing to the birds and to make
public our thoughts on the subject. Debbie McGuire, Wildlife
Director of the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington
Beach, will be helping by documenting all the dead birds and
caring for the injured ones at her facility. Vicki Anderson
of the Songbird Care & Education Center will also be helping
document and care for birds injured by the wall.
It is very important that we document
those dead birds with photos. Each photo must show
the glass wall as well as the bird. Please send me a copy
of each documentation photo that you take. —
Many of the birds found dead along the wall are on the inside
part not accessible to the public. Do not even attempt to
get on the other side of the wall! That land is not open to
It is illegal to pick up and transport dead birds without
a special permit to do so. So, if you find a dead bird by
the wall, you'll have to let it be. You can, however, take
a photo of it as documentation.
Injured birds, on the other hand, may be rescued if they are
on the public side of the wall. If you find an injured bird,
call Vickie Anderson at (714) 964-0666 or (714) 222-6817.
She will tell you where to take the bird. If you are unable
to make contact with Vicki, then deliver it directly to the
Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center. They will care for it
there until Vicki can pick it up. If you find an injured raptor,
contact Scott Thomas at (714) 293-2915.
Most of the birds you find, will be on the inside of the wall
next to the development. This is not an area open to public.
Try not to handle the bird, but if you do, be sure to wash
your hands thoroughly afterwards just to be safe. Please remember
that it is illegal to keep wild birds, dead or alive, in your
possession unless you have a special permit to do so.
Please let me know if you would like to help monitor the wall
by walking the length of it. I will set up a schedule
for the wall monitors and post it here on this webpage. (One
person has already volunteered to walk the path along the
wall on Tuesday afternoons.) The schedule will help insure
that we don't have 2 people monitoring at the same time and
no one at another time. It would be helpful to have monitors
cover the area twice a day. —
Here is the contact information for Debbie McGuire:
Debbie McGuire, Wildlife Director
Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center
21900 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92642