Past Stories
Standing on the edge of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey, Rep. Ted Lieu makes the case that L.A.’s coastline should become part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

More Money for Beaches and Wetlands

Congressman wants to make Ballona and the coastline eligible for National Park Service funding Standing on the edge of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey, Rep. Ted Lieu makes the case that L.A.’s coastline should become p...


A Western Snowy Plover, protected by the 
Endangered Species Act, darts along the shore 
on Dockweiler Beach
Photo by Ted Soqui

Opinion: Let Bird LA Day Make You a Better Human

The parallels between caring for nature and helping the homeless can’t be ignored By Julia Lee The author is a Venice resident who leads writing workshops with homeless youth. Her husband is Tod Lipka, CEO of the Santa Monica...


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Bird LA Day Takes Flight in Ballona

Bird LA Day features exotic wildlife and walking tours of the Ballona Wetlands. SEE SATURDAY. What’s the first thing you think about when you think about L.A.? If it isn’t biodiversity, this event could be an eye-opener. O...



Volunteers remove ice plant from the Ballona Wetlands during 
a Friends of Ballona Restoration Day event
Photo courtesy of Lisa Fimiani

Killing Plants to Save the Wetlands

Groups seek permission to remove invasive ice plants from three acres of Ballona in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Volunteers remove ice plant from the Ballona Wetlands duringa Friends of Ballona Restoration Day eventPhoto court...


Mayor James Butts at 
Inglewood City Hall. 
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

First and Goal

Mayor James Butts atInglewood City Hall.Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. By Gary Walker When James Butts became mayor of Inglewood in 2010, the former Santa Monica police chief took over a city in search of cultural and economic m...


Ballona Institute Appeals Marina Hotel Project

A Playa del Rey environmental group has appealed the L.A. County Regional Planning Commission’s unanimous July 22 decision to approve a new hotel complex in Marina del Rey, claiming the project received a “haphazard environ...



A Great Blue Heron convention in the Ballona Wetlands 
Photo by Jonathan Coffin

Where the Wild Things Are

Natural open spaces are ours to lose when we fail to pay attention By William Hicks A Great Blue Heron convention in the Ballona WetlandsPhoto by Jonathan Coffin The Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey is the last remaining coa...


Judith Lewis Mernit revels in the astonishing existence of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey
Photo by Hank Cherry

Into the Wild

Judith Lewis Mernit brings the environment home By Joe Donnelly Judith Lewis Mernit revels in the astonishing existence of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del ReyPhoto by Hank Cherry In the southwestern corner of the Ballona We...


Karina Johnston leads the Bay Foundation’s scientific assessment and monitoring program for the Ballona Wetlands and other watershed areas

Interview: A Crucial Moment for Wetlands

The Bay Foundation’s Karina Johnston on the health of L.A.’s watershed and what we can do about it Karina Johnston leads the Bay Foundation’s scientific assessment and monitoring program for the Ballona Wetlands and othe...



Photo by Patrick Tyrell

Back from the brink

Human efforts have given several threatened or endangered species a fighting chance in the Ballona Wetlands El Segundo Blue Butterfly Photo by Patrick Tyrell A federally designated endangered species, the El Segundo Blue Butt...






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