FLOW News, Updates and Events
By Melanie Cox

Before I tell you about all the exciting FLOW news, I need to introduce myself - my name is Melanie Cox and I am the new Program Manager for FLOW! I am so happy to be working with the Amigos on the FLOW program, especially since we have a bunch of great events coming up that make FLOW available to those that are unable to attend our weekly Friday sessions.

Although we typically call the day after Thanksgiving as "Black Friday", this year the Amigos and FLOW celebrated "Green Friday" as a day to go outside and celebrate the climate and geography of our beautiful state. For Green Friday, FLOW had an open house which was culminated by a fascinating talk about the cogstones of Bolsa Chica by FLOW citizen scientist, Ryan McKay. Ryan is a geologist who graduated from CSUF and started volunteering with FLOW this past summer. Recently he accepted a position in Florida and Ryan stated that his time with FLOW was met with great reception during his interview.

The following week we had a FLOW volunteer training for those interested in assisting with field trips. We had 3 returning volunteers and 5 new volunteers attend the 2-hour training. Joana Tavares did a great job of keeping everyone engaged and you could see what makes her a truly special and engrossing teacher. Since we have a lot of field trips coming up in 2017, we are hoping that our old and new volunteers will be able to lend a hand in facilitating their success.

2017 FLOW Seminar Series

Kelly O'Reilly, Environmental Scientist for the DFW at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, inaugurates this new series on January 26, 6:30 pm at the Huntington Beach REI. She will be presenting the Hidden Marine Life of the Bolsa Chica. At the time of writing this, there are only 7 seats left, so I will guess that at the time of this publication her talk will be completely booked. However, if you are unable to attend the January talk, don't worry! We are hoping to have one talk a month for the rest of the year! We have tentative speakers picked out for the next 5 months, including – Gabrielle Dorr from NOAA with a talk about abalone recovery (February), Gwen Noda (former FLOW Program Manager, now working at USC with the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations), Priya Ganguli from UCI who will be speaking with her grad students about phytoplankton, and Erica Seubert, PHD from Pasadena City College. Needless to say, we are expecting every seminar to be a packed house!

I am still coordinating the dates and locations for the rest of the series and I will email out an invitation to the seminars as they become available. If you are not on my email list, please email me and ask to be added! I can be reached at: flow@amigosdebolsachica.org. We have a limited amount of seats for each seminar so make sure you register as soon as you hear about it!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our FLOW Fridays (find the schedule here), at our monthly seminar series or at one of the many Amigos events. If you have any questions about FLOW, our seminar series, field trips, etc., please do not hesitate to email me!