The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is teaming up with the Los Angeles Audubon Society to provide free, guided nature walks on Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey beginning this month.

Participants will get the opportunity to observe shore birds and explore their natural habitat, including the Western Snowy Plover, a tiny threatened shore bird that spends its life on the beach eating, sleeping, resting and laying its eggs in shallow nests in the sand.

The next scheduled nature walk is from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Other scheduled dates are: Thursdays, Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Saturdays, Sept. 11, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 from 8 to 10 a.m.

Participants on the nature walks are asked to meet at the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey to begin the tour.

Parking is available for $2 with the purchase of a parking permit from Dockweiler Youth Center staff.

To sign-up for a guided nature walk or for additional information, (310) 726-4128.