Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, Inc.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards Projects

Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards Golden Shores Greenbelt Colorado Lagoon Los Cerritos Wetlands Rainbow Lagoon Jack Dunster Sims Pond

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain
is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as
fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

- John Muir

Golden Shore

GrebeGolden Shore is one of three mitigated marshes in the LA county; the other two being Salinas de San Pedro and Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve. Directly off the mouth of the Los Angeles River, Golden Shore offers a unique refuge for birds of all sorts, several species of salt marsh plants and numerous invertebrates in the middle of the bustle of downtown Long Beach. This special hiding spot for the local flora and fauna is a meager representation of what a lot our concrete jungle used to look like.
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MockingbirdTo experience the natural beauty of undeveloped land in Southern California, Long Beach residents don't have to go much further than their own backyard. In the late 1990's the Greenbelt Committee was formed to revitalize the neglected old Pacific Rideaway. Instead of using the open space to develop apartment buildings, this community organization decided to plant the plants that used to be here before most of us were. This revolutionary idea continues to offer a tranquil place for the surrounding neighborhood to appreciate the greens and golds and other annual colors of California.
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Colorado Lagoon

MallardA mixture of recreational space and beach, wetland and marine habitat, Colorado Lagoon offers a bit of everything for everything. Walking around this dynamic East Long Beach environment you can easily become a bird-watcher, plant enthusiast, swimmer, sun-bather, or playground participant. The Lagoon is tidally influenced by fresh marine water and that water attracts not only people but also the dipping and diving birds, the salt-tolerant wetland plants and the occasional raccoon or two. more info

Rainbow Lagoon

Belted KingfisherAcross from Shoreline Village in Downtown Long Beach is a little saltwater lagoon full of fish, anemones and other invertebrates. Although it is concrete lined, the lagoon supports enough aquatic life to have a perennial Osprey scoping out the scene atop the adjacent Hyatt hotel. But the big birds aren't the only ones drawn to the water: while looking from the colorful bridges in late spring, one can find the endangered Least Tern fluttering and diving for fish.
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Sims' Pond

Night HeronWhat used to be a pond for Sims' Bait Shop is now a thriving riparian habitat full of cattails, Red-Wing Blackbirds and Black-Crowned Night Herons. The plethora of Herons roosting in the massive Black Willows squawking with the songs of Blackbirds create a cacophony only surpassed by the zooming Pacific Coast Highway nearby. Fortunately for the birds and wildlife, the pond is densely bordered by Native Mule Fat, Black Willows, Tule Grass and Cattails. more info

Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve

Anna's HummingbirdThe other mitigated marsh that our organization takes care of is a combination of marine, wetland and upland habitat that is perfect for education and observation. Jack Dunster Marine Biological reserve is a beautiful walk that has been constructed to appreciate our coastal environment. While Spring, with the native annual flowers blooming and native birds showing off to their potential mates, is by far the best time to enjoy this site it is a year round garden with each season offering its own unique display of color and complexity.
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Los Cerritos Wetlands

Great EgretOur 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. more info

Newport Beach Dune Restoration

Calystegia soldenellaLate on the night of April 17th 2005 a bulldozer operator, who was paid 2 grand began tearing down sand dunes in front of six beach front homes in the city of Newport Beach. He was paid by five of the homeowners to help them get a better ocean view from their ground floor. This was a small price compared to what they have been charged. The Coastal Commission with the help of Newport Beach investigators was able to find which of the homeowners had helped in the finance of the destruction. A Cease and Desist order and Restoration order was issued along with a $225,000 fine. The homeowners were also required to find a restoration biologist and a company that could do such a restoration. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards (LCWS) fulfilled both roles.
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Malibu Bluffs

At the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains is a beautiful ocean vista: Malibu Bluffs lies between the Pacific Ocean and Pepperdine University and is an impressive and undisturbed natural walk through California's Coastal Sage Scrub. Our organization has been helping a local non-profit, non-native weed removal company, Riparian Repairs, to eradicate Sweet Fennel from this stunning habitat.

Whittier Narrows

Adjacent to the San Gabriel River in Whittier, California is a fantastic Riparian Woodland habitat. Whittier narrows is a stunning example of California's native beauty from the tallest Western Sycamore to the smallest Milkweed flower. Avian predators of all kinds can be seen not only hunting, soaring and screeching but also nesting in the massive trees. Songbirds and the howling of coyotes can be heard hiking among the thickets of Mule Fat and Laurel Sumac and the random snake or snake skin can be found on the paths also.

The Stewards work with Riparian Repairs to help remove Passion Vine, Castor Bean, Tree of Heaven and other pesky non-native invasive plants that are strangling and out-competing the native beauty at this site. Although the infestation is daunting, progress can be seen by the dried stalks of Castor Bean, leaf-less Trees of Heaven and the new growth of Natives.

White's Landing, Catalina Island

The Stewards are the Terrestrial Managers for The Catalina Experience at White's Landing. Working with the Catalina Island Conservancy, we have been removing non-native invasive plants from the canyon that borders the camp and clearing the 'ladder fuel' from overgrown trees and shrubs within the campgrounds. By enhancing the the native plant integrity within the proximity of the camp we are providing a natural scenery in which campers can learn about the importance and beauty of Catalina's wildness.

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