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Welcome to Ballona Blog!

The Friends of Ballona Wetlands are thrilled to welcome you to Ballona Blog, your one stop for all things Ballona – and a whole lot more. As the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve is a small but integral part of the larger 128-square-mile Ballona Watershed, so will our blog use Ballona as a starting point to bring watershed worthy news from all over the Web. In addition to news and updates on the work of the Friends as stewards of Ballona, and news of our friends working on behalf of the environment all over the world, the blog will also include:

– Weekly Tuesday posts and watershed biographies from the finest poets and writers from around the neighborhood, the country and the world

– Weekly Thursday posts on Local Playa del Rey and Ballona Valley history from Duke Dukesherer

– Updates on regional, national, and international wetland issues, with a special focus on news from the Ballona Watershed

– And, with your help, great reader feedback and featured reader comments!

Here, for example, is our first “reader comment.” a link to some fine photos by a local blogger that we don’t even know personally who took our freshwater marsh tour just this weekend (April 10), and loved the birding!

Ballona Blog will change every weekday, bringing news of the Friends continued commitment to wetlands conservation and restoration. One of our priorities will be to highlight the many successful and continuing restorations of wetlands habitat throughout California and around the world.  Through the use of sound science and community engagement, direct wetland restoration efforts, including those that make effective use of the newest, environmentally sensitive engineering technologies, have shown time and again to be the best means to restore native habitat.  The gorgeous, thriving Ballona Freshwater Marsh (which you can visit without reservations any day at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson across the street from the community of Playa Vista) proves that every day.

We hope, at the end of each day, Ballona Blog will be a place for contemplating the beauty and importance of the Ballona Wetlands, and a place for us to convey the magic it holds.

Because the state-owned Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Playa del Rey (primarily the saltwater marsh, and dunes habitat) is sensitive, somewhat degraded habitat, it’s only open to the public through tours, or our monthly open house (for more information, click on visit/programs above).  But you can now visit whenever you like through this blog, which we’ll be constantly updating with the latest news, photographs and even video and audio.

Thanks for stopping by! We eagerly await your comments and participation!



Comment from Egret
Time April 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM


Comment from David K
Time April 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Maybe now I will learn what all this blog stuff is that the “youngsters” talk about 🙂

Comment from Rosemarie DiMatteo
Time April 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Your site is gorgeous and the writing is superb! I hope to visit often. Thanks for creating this.