The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will again offer its popular Bird Watching Program in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, beginning Thursday, April 30th.

The outing begins with a brief lecture on an ìavifauna-relatedî topic and an overview of the Ballona Wetlands. Participants will have 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 2009 Bird Watching Program are: April 30th at 9 a.m.; May 28th at 4 p.m.; and June 25th at 9 a.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.

To register or to obtain additional information about the Bird Watching Program, (310) 628-2135.