Ballona Wetlands - Fall 2015 Migration & Some Returning Wildlife Neighbors
By Bev-Sue Powers, © all rights reserved (www.ballonaphotography.com)
In the Fall of 2015, I observed several species of our winter neighbors return to the Ballona Wetlands, a few more each week. Some of the birds I spotted last fall were:
Wintering birds return to refuel from northern breeding spots to strengthen themselves and their fledglings for the next spring’s flight north. Just some of the food sources the wetlands supplies to our wintering neighbors include:
Though I am thrilled they’ve returned to the Ballona Wetlands, the very limited number of them returning is indicative as to how tenuous their survival is and how important the Ballona Wetlands is to their centuries-old cycle of life along the Pacific Flyway (i.e., migration path). Several species are listed as rare or uncommon, but Cinnamon teals and Widgeons, among others, while listed as common, are – alarmingly - flagged as rapidly declining species, i.e., trending to be extinct within 40-50 years. It remains up to us to make sure they have a robust place to return to each winter and reverse this trend!
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