By Neysa Frechette, Office and Field Coordinator
Extra! Extra! The Ballona Wetlands makes the news in not one, but TWO local papers in the same week!
First, The Argonaut’s Gary Walker and photographer Maria Martin joined Friends of Ballona Wetlands and many of our dedicated donors for one of our exclusive events held in the salt marsh and dunes, the Celebration of the El Segundo Blue Butterflies. After learning about these endangered and endemic beauties, the group had the luxury and privilege to see these tiny insects in action. Barely larger than a fingernail and rarely ceasing to flitter about – avoiding the camera, we were blessed with a rare, stationary sight of a breeding pair ignoring the attempted interference of another competing male. This visual is pictured on the front page of The Argonaut, see it for yourself and read more here: http://argonautnews.com/natures-last-stand/
For more photos from our Celebration of the Blues, click here to head to our Flickr page.
Second, we are proud to announce that locals have voted the Ballona Wetlands “Best Neighborhood Gem” in the HomeTown News.
It is certainly true that many people drive past the wetlands every day without knowing the benefits and opportunities this natural space provides, but clearly the community knows that this rare habitat is a local treasure. The Friend’s are thrilled to be recommended for folks to contact for access to the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, and enthusiastically await the onslaught of newcomers who will surely attend our tours and restoration events after learning about this honorable mention! Read about our recognition on page 9 of 25 electronic pages, and all the other “2016 Bests” here: https://issuu.com/westchesterpdrhometownnews/docs/bestof2016-2