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Dumping Your Pets at Ballona Is Illegal, Irresponsible, and Cruel – And We’ve Got Nine Adorable Bunnies To Prove It

By Lisa Fimiani, Executive Director of Friends of Ballona Wetlands; with contributions by Dr. Edith Read, Ballona Freshwater Marsh Manager, Karina Johnston, Restoration Ecologist / Project Manager, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and Michelle Kelly, Licensed Educator for House Rabbit Society and LA Rabbit Foundation Over the years the Friends of Ballona Wetlands have seen […]

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Namibia, Africa: Parallels in Conservation

By Lisa Fimiani If someone had told me that I’d find all kinds of parallels between the environmental conservation efforts in southern Africa and what we are doing here at the Ballona Wetlands, I’m not sure I would have believed them. But a fifteen day trip to the country of Namibia made me a believer. […]

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Life And Death On Ballona Creek

Life is never easy for the birds and fish on the seven mile stretch of Ballona Creek. Subject to human pollution, seasonal rain events, natural and unnatural biological time bombs set into motion, they live a precarious life on cement-lined sides and rip-rap and the hard and soft bottom of the Creek. That became all […]

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Mallard Rescue (AGAIN!) On Culver Boulevard

By Lisa Fimiani, Executive Director Driving to the Friends’ office traveling along Culver Boulevard a few weeks ago I saw a duck on the other side of the road with its legs up in the air. An immediate jolt of dread shot through me, as I realized what that probably meant – the duck was […]

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SMBRC survey finds threatened CA gnatcatchers at the Ballona Wetlands

By Karina Johnston Gnatcatcher (1) by Dan Cooper On the morning of Saturday, October 23rd, Dan Cooper, an ornithologist working for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, identified two California Gnatcatchers (Polioptila californica) in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. The gnatcatcher has been listed as Federally Threatened since 1993, and has not been identified as […]

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