Protecting the Cradle of Life

Photo by Rick Pine

Throughout time wild animals roamed through the marshes, grassland prairies, wet meadows and sand dunes that were part of a much larger Ballona Wetlands region. But during the past 100 years as roads and buildings sprung up in Marina del Rey, Playa Vista and other nearby areas, vast reaches of land were drained and paved. While L.A.'s West Side became a sprawling center of commerce and high-density residential housing, many original natural features remained in Ballona's Wetlands. And today, though greatly diminished in size, the habitat within Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve stands out as a precious and lovely remnant of the past where beautiful animals, wild animals, including many imperiled and endangered species, continue to nest, feed, and thrive.

Witness the imperiled White-Tailed Kite (above), the Great Egret, the Burrowing Owl, the Audubon Cottontail, the Grey Fox, the Green Heron, to name just a few . . . To see more, click on some of pages in the Wild Neighbors Section and take a look. It is spellbinding. And we know you will agree.

We can never return the Ballona Wetlands area to its former size or function, but with careful planning the habitat now present can be preserved and some plant and animal species can be brought back.