Ballona Wetlands

Ballona Wetlands are located in Los Angeles, California. The wetlands are one of the last significant wetlands in the Los Angeles basin; it received its name for Ballona Creek which now runs as a flood control channel.

A foundation has been set up which is dedicated to preserving and protecting the ecosystem of the wetlands. Research, educational programs and activities are in place to enhance the public's appreciation and enjoyment of the wetlands. Over 60,000 volunteers have helped with these programs over a time span of 30 years.

There are still many native species thriving at the wetlands and the habitats are defined by hydrology, such as estuarine, freshwater, seasonally flooded, riparian or upland. The Estuarine and Brackish Marshes are located south of Ballona Creek have a diversity of species which is usually found in an undisturbed estuary.

The only Freshwater Marsh at Ballona Wetlands, there are over 200 species of bird found at this marsh, many of which return each year to nest. The Riparian habitat is made of a meandering corridor at the base of Westchester Buffs; this habitat consists mainly of willows.

The seasonal wetlands at Ballona are artifacts from human disturbance in the past. They are isolated from the stream and tide influence in the wetlands. These seasonal wetlands are dominated by the salt marsh plant pickleweed.

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