Ballona Institute, led by one of its longtime supporters, JaneAnne Jeffries, hosted a USA Service/Day of Service event for the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem in Playa del Rey, in conjunction with Barack Obama’s request for citizens across the nation to participate in community service activities on Monday, January 19th, Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Ballona Wetland Preservation included several opportunities for service to the community — both the human community of the Los Angeles coast and the wildlife/nature community of the region.

During the two-hour period, participants took part in one or more of the following activities:

— a nature walk to learn about the habitat, ecology, and stewardship needs in this area of Los Angeles;

— trash removal from La Ballona Creek Estuary Channel and Del Rey Lagoon Park to prevent litter on the beaches and pollution of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean;

— gathering petition signatures from people on the bike path and Pacific Avenue Bridge for the Committee to Complete the Park, which focuses on saving Egret Park, an open space that is threatened with development; and

— taking photographs and/or writing poetry or letters to send messages to elected officials about the importance of saving Egret Park.