The Egret Corner
April 2022 | Issue 22
Description: Southern Pacific rattlesnake at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.
Photo: Jonathan Coffin Edits: Lisa Rachal
Dear Ballona Wetlands Advocates,

This Friday, April 22, is Earth Day! "Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations" (National Geographic). We hope you all are able to take some time that day to celebrate.

For this month's issue, we are excited to share up-and-coming events, recap our most recent tabling event, cover local news, and present the bird of the month. Each section can be found as you stroll through.

Project Updates:

  • Our outreach and education team is working on a new curriculum based on the traditional/indigenous uses of the different flora and fauna located in and around the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.

  • The Ballona Creek Watershed and Wetlands and Aquatic Life classes continue to be available for students and youth groups in addition to our wetland field trips.

If you know of a class or group that would be interested in any of our educational opportunities, please feel free to contact sofia@ballona.org or fill out this form.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter. For previous issues, please visit our newsletter archive. If you have any questions or concerns email lisa@ballona.org. Lastly, please give us feedback by completing our newsletter survey.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust Team
Local News and Events
Tomorrow, April 21 at 9 AM!

Event: Retiring Offshore Rigs:
A Decommissioning Workshop to Clear the Horizon!
Retiring Offshore Rigs, or ROR, is an all-day workshop focused on clarifying the
platform decommissioning process, identifying barriers, and creating actionable
next steps to accelerate and improve the retirement of California's offshore rigs.

Tickets are available for purchase or you can register to livestream access to this workshop for free.

Gabrielle Crowe will be a speaker for the following ROR workshop. She is the Vice Chair of the Gabrielino-Shoshone Tribal Council of Southern California and a board member of the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust.

Event: Saging the World - Earth Day Film Screening
"Saging the World spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant."

Join the world premiere of Saging the World on Earth Day, Friday, April 22 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The screening will include a panel discussion with Native advocates from the film, as well as a white sage plant giveaway.

Gabrielle Crowe is featured in this film! She is also a Land Trust Board Member and the Cultural and Environmental Education Consultant.

Event: Ballona Creek Cleanup
Join us with Ballona Creek Renaissance for a creek cleanup day on April 23, 2022, from 9 am - 12 pm. Pre-registration is not required.

Come help us clean up the creek and minimize trash entering the wetlands and the ocean. We will be tabling near the creek, near Centinela Ave. and Milton St. Please stop by to hear about our current projects, learn about your watershed and get one of our free bird books or fish brochure.

News: Ballona Creek Bike Path Closure
Temporary Closure

"Due to work on the Higuera Street Bridge Replacement Project, the Ballona Creek Bike Path between National Blvd and Duquesne Ave will be closed for 3 months beginning February 9, 2022, through mid-May 2022."

Past Event: Earth Day Festival at Will Rogers Park
On April 16th, 2022 our team tabled at this event. They were able to inform the public about our current and future projects, encourage the public to inspect nature with our microscopes, examine and learn about watersheds, and hand out our local bird and fish guides.


Bird of the Month: Brown Pelican

Interesting Facts
"Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet, essentially standing on the eggs to keep them warm."
Habitat: live along southern and western sea coasts, most often in isolated islands

Diet: plunge into the water and scoop small fish with expandable throat pouches

Nesting: males select nest sites and nest in colonies, ground nests covered by dense vegetation and tree nest are in exposed treetops
*Birds featured here have been seen at the Ballona Reserve or in the surrounding area.
Facts from allaboutbirds.org
Photo: Jonathan Coffin
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