The Egret Corner
April 2021 | Issue 10
A Common Buckeye butterfly(Junonia coenia) among marsh jaumea (Jaumea carnosa) that is covered in the slender yellow vines of Goldthread(Cuscuta pacifica).
Location: Ballona Wetlands Area B
Photo: Jonathan Coffin, edited by Lisa Rachal.
Dear Ballona Wetlands Advocates,

Happy Earth Month! If you've been scratching your head for what you can do for Earth Month, ponder no more! This month's article lists 20 different ways you can celebrate Earth Day in Los Angeles, providing a mix of in-person and virtual events (so even if you're not in Los Angeles, you can still join). We will also be featuring a passionate Indigenous scientist working to reclaim traditional natural resource management practices, local Ballona news, and the bird of the month(hint: it has yellow spots).

As for project updates, this past Thursday we presented to Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission Board encouraging them to take action to open access to Area A of the Ballona reserve for the public to visit, similar to the access that is currently permitted in Area B. Our presentation was well-received so hopefully, this gets the ball rolling for us to book school trips to Area A as well.

Our educational classes are still going on so if you know of an organization or class or wish to form a group of children who may be interested in a virtual class to learn about the wonders seen in the Ballona Watershed, please email sofia@ballona.org or fill out this form.

Please enjoy the rest of the newsletter, for previous issues visit our newsletter archive. If you have any questions or concerns email lisa@ballona.org.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

The Ballona Wetlands Team
Diversity in the Field: Presenting Jonathan Fisk
Jonathan Fisk is Boricua/Taíno from Long Beach, California, and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa studying Indigenous food systems and food sovereignty with a B.S. & M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford ’17.

Fisk's work is focused on reclaiming traditional natural resource management practices specifically in regard to fisheries management. Fisk's ultimate goal is "informing the most effective, sustainable, and just fisheries legislation possible."

Visit Fisk's page to learn more about their publications.
In this segment, we aim to showcase people of color or organizations in outdoor and STEM fields working to improve the environment and/or people's access to natural spaces.
Local News
News items related to the Ballona Wetlands
do not necessarily reflect the views of the Land Trust.
Ballona Wetlands Activists Plan Earth Day Protest
On April 22, 2021, Ballona Wetlands activists and Westside residents are planning an Earth Day protest, calling on local leaders to shut down the Playa del Rey oil field and pushing back against what they call a disguised restoration project meant to restore the gas company's infrastructure below the ecological reserve...

20 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Los Angeles | MomsLA
April 22nd is Earth Day! This year, the theme of Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth.” Check out our list to learn about ways you and your family can celebrate and help take care of our precious planet...

Photo: Pekabo
Bird of the Month: Yellow-rumped Warbler
Interesting Facts
Yellow-rumped Warblers are known for being highly versatile foragers, they can be seen eating insects from trees, shrubs, near rivers, oceans, even manure.
Habitat - coniferous and deciduous forests; present in some parks and residential areas

Diet - vast variety of insects in the summer, a multitude of fruits, wild seeds, and the sweet liquid released by aphids

Nesting - the female builds a nest on a horizontal branch of a coniferous tree or deciduous tree; the nest is cup-shaped, constructed from twigs, grasses, pine needles, moss, lichen, and various animal hairs
Photo: Anay Tarnekar
Facts from allaboutbirds.org
*Birds featured here have been seen at the Ballona Reserve or in the surrounding area.
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