How best to enjoy a walk on the wild side -- On noisy urban streets or alongside the Ballona Wetlands Reserve?
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Evening is here and the sun is almost gone. Time to get wild. People will be off work and on there way . . Home? An after-hours place? Dancing? Traffic builds; engines idle. Drivers tense up and start rubbernecking. Sirens wail, motorcyclists rev their engine, And stereos blast reggae rhythms. These are the human neighbors of Playa Vista.

Living near a wildlife preserve sounds -- well -- a little wild. But it's a lot more tame than being in the city.

Across the street on the OTHER side of Lincoln Boulevard, under the veil of darkness, the REAL wild life begins.

Burrowing owls open their eyes and step out to look at the sky. Coyotes sniff the air for the scene of Audubon Cottontails or gophers. Black-crowned Night Herons emerge to hunt.

Plants are constantly cleansing the polluted air and fresh salt marine breezes blow in from the sea. Dew forms on palmate leaves, and the fragrance of Laural sumac and California sage sweeten the air. Couldn't we use a little more of this wild life?
Burrowing owls open their eyes and step out to look at the sky. Coyotes sniff the air for the scene of Audubon Cottontails or gophers. Black-crowned Night Herons emerge to hunt.

Plants are constantly cleansing the polluted air and -- with no tall buildings to halt the flow, fresh salt marine breezes blow in from the sea. Dew forms on palmate leaves, and the fragrance of Laurel sumac and California sage sweetens the air.
What will it be?
Back-up beepers and car alarms? Or a rare bird singing for his life?
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The Federally Endangered Beldings Savannah Sparrow is singing for his life! The life of his species. Turn up your sound and feel out of doors! These wondrous songbirds nest in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. If habitat is harmed by the major excavation and bulldozing planned here (see this website's Documents section) this rare and fragile sparrow species will likely perish in Ballona. This little moment of music on a rusty chain link fence was captured by Photographer Jonathan Coffin.

High-rise residences near Ballona could be a harbinger of what's to come
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A lone Great Blue Heron searches for a meal while high-rise buildings loom larger than the hills to the north.
While unsuspecting animals of the 640 acres of Ballona Wetlands live their lives in innocent ignorance of what might lie ahead, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Coastal Conservancy and other government agencies, along with The Bay Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation, have made extensive plans to significantly alter the rare habitat where they live.

Their plans include massive bulldozing massive that would radically change the habitat and eliminate or displace current flora and fauna.

The proposed project also would demolish the current levees , releasing polluted water into the fragile marsh and grassland ecosystem and further destroying habitat that is in equilibrium.
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Wildness in the city ~ unexpected joy.