The Ballona Wetlands are one of the last remaining coastal wetlands in L.A. County. Once spanning over 2,000 acres, they have been reduced to 600 highly altered and degraded acres. Without intervention, the Ballona Wetlands will only continue to deteriorate.
Fortunately, Ballona Wetlands are now one step closer to a full ecosystem restoration, increased public access and enhanced recreational use. The Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released an Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S) in September 2017, which outlines three options to restore these precious wetlands for all Angelenos. On November 8, The CDFW held the public hearing for this potential restoration project.
To celebrate these major milestones on the long journey to Bring Back Ballona, we’re inviting you to Explore Ballona! In partnership with The Bay Foundation and Friends of Ballona Wetlands, we are hosting special events that are all about YOU getting to know Ballona and the multi-benefits of wetlands and accessible open space.
Bird Watching & Creek Cleanup
Join Heal the Bay and Friends of Ballona Wetlands for some easygoing bird watching. Sparrows, swallows, hawks and herons are just a few kinds of birds which live in Ballona. Afterwards partake in a creek cleanup while taking a tour of your local wetlands.
Jan. 20 | 9am – 11:30am
RSVP to birdwatching and cleanup
Help Friends of Ballona Wetlands restore a coastal wetland in L.A. County. Explore Ballona Wetlands and its native wildlife through a hands-on experience.
Jan. 27 | 9am – Noon
RSVP to the habitat restoration
- FAQ: why we need to restore the Ballona Wetlands
- See the principles of wetland restoration
- Last year, we BioBlitzed the Ballona Wetlands
- Meet the Friends of Ballona and the Bay Foundation
- View Heal the Bay’s archive of stories about the Ballona Wetlands