General Update March 2016

By Jacque Winberg

Coastal Angel's mission is to protect CA's beaches and marine life, voluntarily, from plastics and other pollutants. We are a growing network of people who simply care about our planet and want to help educate the public about plastic pollution and the damage it causes to you and marine life such as dolphins, sealions, sharks, turtles, seagulls, and more. Through our grassroots efforts and social media outreach, we share stories about real life experiences. 

What have we done so far?

Since March 2015 we have hosted beach cleanups at Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Bolsa Chica. These areas are known for tourism and waste runoff. We have also expanded into volunteering at the Calabasas Wildlife Center and the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. Actually on , Thursday, March 10th, our Executive Board received our certificates of completion for their course of instruction to Wildlife Rehabilitation. 

What else are we planning to do?

On March 26th we will celebrate our 1 year anniversary and 10th beach cleanup at Huntington State Beach and you are all welcome to come. This is a great opportunity to support our cause of keeping the environment healthy and safe with your friends and also receive community service hours.

We are also eager to find educational opportunities to learn about more issues occurring on our coastline such as oil spills, wildlife rehabilitation, and any seminar at universities and aquariums and how the public can help. 

This year we will begin to fundraise and our wish list includes some things to buy including: a canopy, table, cooler, and hardrive. We would also like to build a reserve for transportation and attending seminars and other educational opportunities

Coastal Angels is looking to expand our Executive Board, and if you are interested please let us know by emailing coastalangels@outlook.com. We met yesterday at the Anaheim Packing District and enjoyed the Saint Patrick's Day festivities hosted by the Pacific Symphony. We discussed future goals like finding a sponsor for t-shirts, launching a newsletter quarterly, and creating more visuals like graphs and charts to coalesce with our cleanups. We are also reading and listening to the public on social media. A couple people suggested that we cleanup Newport Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente. We are looking into this and adjusting our schedule. Our next Executive Board meeting is on April 14th at 7p.m., location TBD.

Being a Coastal Angel means that you are a lifelong learner, dedicated to keeping our coast clean and marine life safe.