On April 10th, Los Angeles Audubon hosted a visitor from the Disney Conservation Fund, Leslie Wells, Strategic Philanthropy Representative from Disney Corporate Citizenship. Leslie met with Stacey Vigallon, the project biologist for Los Angeles Audubon at the Least Tern Colony on Venice Beach, and with Carol Babeli, LA Audubon Development Director.


Disney has provided funding that helps to support Los Angeles Audubon’s established Least Tern and Snowy Plover conservation programs that combine Federally Listed species monitoring and community education, aimed at protecting/preserving habitat for Least Tern and Snowy Plovers.

Leslie toured the perimeter of the colony area and took part in viewing and identifying birds that can be observed at our beaches: Curlews, Double-crested Cormorants, and Killdeer were spotted. The Terns have not yet migrated to the area, but Stacey is preparing her group of volunteers for their arrival, at which time daily monitoring of Tern activity will begin.

Carol accompanied Leslie on a quick tour of the Ballona Wetlands saltmarsh where many redwinged blackbirds were spotted. Then a trip up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook where Leslie took in the wide view of the Ballona Creek Watershed and learned more about LA Audubon’s environmental education programs and our students contributions to conservation in LA.

Published Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 5 May/June 2015