Our namesake and one of two of the last remaining salt-marshes in LA County. Out of a complex of 2400 functioning acres only 44 remain. The Los Cerritos Wetland functions on all trophic levels and provides habitat, breeding grounds, feeding grounds, rest and respite for migratory birds and a myriad of local resident birds. Because the intense loss of habitat of Southern California Wetlands, 90-92 percent, many of the wetland plants, creatures and critters are rare and endangered. Some of the unique specimens that inhabit and frequent the Los Cerritos Wetlands include the Belding's Savannah Sparrow, the Least Tern, the California Brown Pelican, the Wandering Skipper, the Tiger Beetle, to name a few. Throughout the year the wetland plants display their many colors and blossoms, and those colors in addition to the constantly changing plumage of the constantly rotating bird populations present a canvas of insurmountable beauty on the edge of Los Angeles County.
Los Cerritos Wetlands fully drains at low tides but is accessible via kayaks or canoe at high tide. At low tide it is fun to float around the mouth and view the different probing birdsenjoying the buffet within the mud-flats. But don't forget the crucial wetland plants lining the waterway: they are what help make the soil so rich, hide the assorted wetland fauna and offer their nectar and seed to the wetland insects.
Access information for Los Cerritos Wetlands:
Much of the area surrounding the wetland is privately owned and difficult to access. For more information about access, current news, research and clean-ups in this hidden gem in Long Beach contact us at: email@example.com.