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Hellman Ranch Nature Walk: Promise of Kingfisher?

Nature walk in the wilds--right in our city backyards.

     Take advantage of a free opportunity to see some important, now publically-owned, wetlands in Los Angeles County.  The nature hike of the Hellman Ranch Lowlands takes place on Saturday, April 7th starting at 8 a.m.  The entrance to the wetlands is 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 lasts about two hours and is guided by Eric Zahn and Taylor Parker, wetlands ecologists.

 This nature hike offers something for everyone. 

The last time I went on this hike we saw a blue and white Kingfisher, heard the songs of Meadowlarks and had a close encounter with a coyote.  We learned about the history of the area and plans for its future.  We learned how the Tongva Native Americans made use of the resources provided by the wetlands.  We observed the tidal flow from the wetlands to and from the ocean as well as the seasonal ponds. 

I especially enjoyed the walkway that goes along the border between the Heron Pointe neighborhood and the wetlands.  There are many native plants.  Educational placards are found along the walk.

This walk is appropriate for families.  On previous hikes parents have pushed strollers and children of all ages have enjoyed these walks.   Last year, young Girl Scouts were on the walk with me.  They enjoyed seeing the birds and the animals, especially the bunny. Another scout liked learning about the history of the area. 

You can have a fun and educational experience as well.  For more information or to RSVP for the April 7th  nature walk, contact Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.   Learn more about the wetlands at www.lcwlandtrust.org.

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Mike King April 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
A recommended hike, if only because you experience a little different perspective of the local area. Eric and Taylor are over-the-brim full of fascinating info. Thanks Beverly.

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