Ballona Wetlands - 2016 Wintering Wildlife Neighbors
By Bev-Sue Powers, © all rights reserved (www.ballonaphotography.com)
This winter, I was delighted to have spotted birds new to me in the Ballona Wetlands. I even noticed a Turkey Vulture for a few days, but didn’t get a good pic. Some of the new birds I’ve seen during the 2016 winter season are:
For the birds listed along with many others, the LA area wetlands have been their centuries-old winter home. While I am thrilled they’ve returned to the Ballona Wetlands, the very limited number returning this year is indicative of how tenuous their survival is due to the drought and habitat losses along the Pacific Flyway (i.e., migration path), not to mention significant habitat loss in the Ballona Wetlands itself the past 10 years. It remains up to us to ensure our winter neighbors have a robust place to return to each year. I encourage you to get to know your beautiful urban wildlife neighbors while they're still here. Bring your neighbors, kids and grandkids. If nothing else we can still witness to the beautiful living creatures that, through the eons, have inspired art, music, dance, and many other forms of creative expression.
The best places to spot birds in the Ballona Wetlands are the freshwater marsh, in the salt pans, along the Ballona Creek bike paths & levees, along the jetties and beaches, in the Marina Del Rey harbor, and the Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey. There are also other species in the Riparian Corridor (sandwiched between the Westchester Bluffs and the adjacent properties of Playa Vista, Playa Runway, & the Campus at Playa Vista).
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