It was great to be back at Malibu Lagoon again. Stacey Vigallon, other volunteers, and I met up at 8am to fix the fence that protects the space of the Snowy Plovers and other sea and shorebirds. The sand buried the fence, so we had to pull up the poles and push the fence back to avoid further burial. I was anticipating hearing about how the Least Terns were doing since the last time I was here, when I saw many performing their mating display. Unfortunately, Stacey said that there haven’t been any nests found and, just like the Tern Colony near Venice Beach, the crows may have given them a tough time. This was definitely sad news of the day 🙁 But, with every sad news, there is great news! Today we saw up to nine Snowy Plovers! The last time I was here, we only saw one, so it was exciting to see the adorable birds along the shore. After we fixed the fence, I went for a little walk and saw two Ruddy Turnstones, one Black-bellied Plover and one American Avocet in breeding plumage. These birds made me miss conducting surveys along the Ballona Creek!
IN OTHER NEWS:
I’d like to thank my friends, Hector and Jessika, for joining me on my nature walks. About two weeks ago, I began leading nature walks at my community’s local park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Many people use this park to exercise, but I wanted to take the opportunity to engage the public with the natural history of the park. During my walks, I focused on the Ballona Creek Watershed and local plants found in the park and their uses in the past and present. For example, I mentioned how the California Buckwheat’s seeds can be used to make pancakes! The walk was in the evening- that way we get to enjoy the sunset with the view of the city and the shore! Last week I had five people who joined my walk and this week I had my two lovely friends. Thanks everyone, I am very grateful for your presence! 🙂