Snowy Egret, preening under its wing, at Ballona Creek. (Photo by Don Sterba)

Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk

3rd Sunday of the month (with the exception of December)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Bob Shanman and Friends

Join us for a walk through L.A.’s only remaining saltwater marsh and the adjacent rocky jetty.  Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot.  Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile.  Turn right on Pacific Ave.  The lot is on the right.  Lot or street parking is usually not a problem.  Three hour walk.  ‘scopes helpful.
Contact: Bob (310) 326-2473; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 The Ballona Wetlands consist of just over 600 state-owned acres of estuarine and brackish marshes, freshwater marsh and riparian habitats, seasonal wetlands and uplands of coastal sage scrub and dunes.

The Ballona Wetlands, and its surrounding ecosystem, host such wildlife as the California Killfish, California Least Tern, Belding's Savannah sparrow, the Ballona Wallflower, Southern Tarplant, Lewis' Primrose, and Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egret rookeries. About 300 bird species have been seen at Ballona, of which more than 200 have been observed at the Freshwater Marsh. Ballona Wetlands and the adjacent city-owned lagoons are a stop along the migratory Pacific Flyway.

Bird Walks are geared for the beginner/intermediate birders looking for an introduction to local birds and/or interested in reducing their carbon footprint by birding relatively close to home.  LAAS bird walks delve into identification, natural histories and interactions observed in the field. No pets or small children please. Appropriate for young bird watchers age 6 years and older.  For further information contact Eleanor Osgood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 839-5420. Bird walks DO NOT require advance sign-up, just show up at the specified meeting time and place.