by KELLEY GUSICH | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Batiquitos Beautiful

volunteer_mossa1After 38 years in the corporate world, Deb Mossa and her husband Louis decided to retire. Married for the past 45 years, they had traveled extensively and lived all over the United States, and agreed that the best place they’d lived was Carlsbad. They’ve now been here for three years. “Although it has grown considerably since we lived there in the early 90s,” Deb said, “it still retains its beach town charm and natural habitat open space.”

Their move to Aviara prompted Deb to start walking the trail to Batiquitos Lagoon. “It is such a peaceful spot and there are beautiful birds and scenic views along the flat, easily navigated trail,” she smiled. One day she stopped in the Nature Center and talked to the host who was recruiting volunteers, and soon she was a host herself. “My intention had been to start volunteering once I retired and this became a perfect fit. It is the kind of organization where you can spend a few hours a month or as much time as you have,” Deb explained. “There is always something to be done.” Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF) was founded in 1983, and since that time the trail has been restored, and the dredging and tidal flushing have given rise to a thriving population of birds, fish, plants, and animals. The BLF is in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to maintain this ecological sanctuary.

Name: Deborah Mossa
Community: Aviara
Volunteer Affiliation: Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
Family: Husband – Louis; Daughter – Victoria; Cat – Bella
Hobbies: Walking, reading, cooking, shopping

volunteer_mossa2Deb joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 2013 and participates in most of the foundation’s activities. “I host at the Nature Center, lead docent walks, coordinate events such as our annual kayak cleanup event, recruit and train volunteers, and function as a ‘jill of all trades.’” Her favorite part of volunteering is docent walks, specifically taking groups of third graders down the trail. She feels children learn best about nature when they can experience it. “The wonder on their faces when they see the large pack rat den is priceless.”

If Deb could grant the BLF one wish, it would of course be for more resources, because she and her family see Carlsbad as a little piece of paradise and are thrilled to be a part of it. Deb said, “I am just one small part of this impressive organization. Hopefully we are inspiring the school children of today to become the future stewards of our precious coastal wetlands.”

Group: Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
Mission: To preserve, protect, and enhance the Batiquitos Lagoon
Phone: 760-931-0800