A series of bird houses to attract the indigenous tree swallows will be installed near Discovery Park and along the riparian corridor in Playa Vista Saturday, June 30.

The Friends of Playa Vista, a non-profit formed to raise funds for the new Playa Vista Elementary School, will join Eco Kai in installing the bird houses at Discovery Park beginning at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., Friends of Ballona Wetlands Executive Director Lisa Fimiani will lead a guided nature walk with Dr. Eric Strauss of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience.

The bird houses, which will provide nesting opportunities for the birds with hopes of increasing their population and studying their nesting habits, were made by students at Westchester Enriched Science Magnet High School, formerly Westchester High School. LMU student interns will monitor the homes with video cameras for field investigation.

“Playa Capital is delighted to support the Playa Vista residents, Westchester Enriched Science Magnet High School and LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience in their work enhancing habitat for local wildlife,” said Marc Huffman, Playa Vista’s vice president of planning and entitlements.

“Environmental awareness is a hallmark of our community, and it is great to see this value fostered in local children.”

LMU students have also installed these bird structures in Del Rey Lagoon Park in Playa del Rey and plan to place them in Westchester Park as well.

Information, Lynn Kataoka, vice president of the Friends of Playa Vista, at lkataoaka@ca.rr.com.