Bob Shanman was elected to the Friends’ Board in 1997. His involvement with the Ballona Wetlands goes back to 1977 when he first took up bird watching. In 1980, he began leading walks at Ballona Creek for Los Angeles Audubon. Mr. Shanman was directly responsible for involving the National Audubon Society at the Ballona Wetlands.
Beyond his service to the Friends Board, he continues to lead monthly Audubon bird walks at Ballona, Madrona Marsh, and parks in Manhattan Beach, is involved with several school programs, and helps fundraise for South Bay Wildlife Rehab. In 1995, Mr. Shanman opened Wild Birds Unlimited in Torrance, CA, which is part of a national franchise. He is a registered Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in California.