The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering its popular bird watching program in Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey beginning Thursday, April 15th.

The outing begins with a brief lecture on an avifauna-related topic and an overview of the Ballona Wetlands. The participants will get the opportunity to observe various bird species compete for resources in the shoreline and vegetation habitat while visiting the Great Blue Heron and Black Crowned Night Heron nesting sites.

Dates and times for the 2010 Bird Watching Program are as follows: April 15th at 4 p.m., May 20th at 9 a.m., and June 17th at 4 p.m.

Excursions are presented at no cost, but pre-registration is required. Each outing is approximately two hours long.

Recommended items to bring for the duration of the tour are water, a snack, sunscreen, appropriate attire, and binoculars.

Burton Chace Park is at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

To register or to obtain additional information about the program, (310) 726-4128.