Spring Events Around the Ballona Wetlands

April 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

By Bev-Sue Powers, (C) All Rights Reserved, www.BallonaPhotography.com

Spring has sprung into full gear. In the past month, most of the sea birds have departed for their northern nesting destinations.  Birds that breed here in the Ballona Wetlands have returned to last year’s nests.  More often than not, I’ve seen our local nesting neighbors in flight with twigs in their beaks, from the Great Blue Herons to the tiniest of sparrows. Shown is a Mockingbird who has returned to last year's nest. 

 I encourage you see how many different birds nest around you.  Visit the wondrous nesting sites of the Great Blue Heron and Cormorants’ colony at the end of Bora Bora Way and in Mariner’s Village.  Visit the colonies of the Black-crowned Night Heron, the Great Egrets and the Snowy Egrets in the last 13 trees on Marquesas Way. 

In celebration of our marvelous wildlife neighbors, a smorgasbord of interesting local events are coming up.  Come learn about the astounding biodiversity in the Ballona Wetlands and about groups who support our wildlife, such as Friends of Ballona, wildlife rescue groups, LA Audubon, LMU’s exciting Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) program, and with many others.  Join us in reveling in our wildlife neighbors.  I (Ballona Photography) will have a booth at all of the following events with my “Ballona Wetlands Fishing Tales – Hook, Line, & Sinker” project.  I’d love to see you - stop by and say hi!

When

Where

What

Saturday, April 23

9am-3pm

Though Earth Day is being celebrated at many sites throughout LA, I encourage you to come to the Ballona Wetlands entrance behind Gordon’s Market in Playa Del Rey

Celebrate Earth Day with Friends of Ballona, LA Audubon, Ballona Photography, and many others.  There will be docent-led tours of the Ballona Wetlands and more.

I’ll be there presenting the “Ballona Fishing Tales – Hook, Line, & Sinker” project.

Saturday, May 7

9am-3pm

Ballona Wetlands Freshwater Marsh (located at Jefferson & Lincoln).

Bird LA Day is another event being celebrated at many sites throughout LA      

Bird L.A. Day

Ballona, Audubon, Ballona Photography, and Wildlife rescue groups, LMU’s CURes program and many others.  There will be docent-led tours of the Freshwater Marsh and more.

I’ll be there presenting the “Ballona Fishing Tales – Hook, Line, & Sinker” project.

Saturday, May 7

5pm-7pm

The mouth of Ballona Creek is one of the key survey sites on the west coast. 

CA Audubon’s Annual Spring Brown Pelican Survey.  Signup with friends and family at ca.audubon.org/brownpelicansurvey

Note:See an earlier article about the alarming decline in Brown Pelican sightings in our area due to the 2015 collapse of the fish populations they feed on.  After coming back from near extinction in the 1970s, from pesticide poisoning, these ancient beings are again at risk.  When participating in the survey, you learn what Audubon does with survey results and actions being taken to support, protect, and ensure the survival of the California Brown Pelicans. 

Sunday, May 15

9am-1pm

Mar Vista Farmers Market, Green Tent

Visit me at the Green Tent where Ballona Photography presents the “Ballona Fishing Tales – Hook, Line, & Sinker” project.

Tuesday, May 17

6pm-9pm

Chase Burton Park

Community Room

Marina Sierra Club’s monthly meeting

Ballona Photography presents the “Ballona Fishing Tales – Hook, Line, & Sinker” project.


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...