Come Look For Our Local Endangered Sea Turtles

Come search for green sea turtles in Long Beach wetlands.

     It is hard to believe that we have a group of sea turtles living amidst our Long Beach wetlands.  A group of endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtles has taken up residence in a portion of the San Gabriel River.  Two wetlands ecologists will lead a walk of the Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, December 1st from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  This family-friendly nature hike will go through salt marshes to the San Gabriel River for a glimpse of the sea turtles. 

     Green sea turtles usually live in tropical or subtropical areas.  There are many sea turtle nesting grounds along the Mexican coast.  These turtles are an ancient species, dating as far back as 30 million years ago.  They may grow up to 5 feet long and may weigh as much as 500 pounds.  Mature green sea turtles are usually found in shallow coastal waters with sea grass beds. 

     I went on an earlier Turtle Trek and we saw at least three sea turtles!  I saw a sea eagle flying with a huge fish in its talons!  Sadly, the burrowing owl living in the wetlands did not peek out of his home.   

     This is a perfect time of year to walk in the wetlands.  The recent rains have brought fresh growth.  The tour begins on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, just at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach.  There is ample parking.  The hike is appropriate for ages seven and up.  For more information or to RSVP for the December 1st walk, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.   Learn more about the wetlands at www.lcwlandtrust.org.  

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