Raptor Ramble Nature Walk

Upcoming Guided Nature Walk

Heron Hike

What: Heron Hike

When: Saturday October 3rd 2015 from 8:00AM until 10:00AM

Where: Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Meet us in the driveway near 1st street and PCH.  You may park in the driveway.  

Our walk begins with a brief orientation to our wetlands. We will discuss the history of newly acquired wetlands and view Marketplace marsh. We will then walk around on oil roads, walk towards the levee and discuss the reintroduction of the tides. After that we will walk to the old bridge on the levee and discuss the San Gabriel River and the future of bringing water back into the land before we head back to our meeting place, all the while keeping a lookout for Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.
We will complete our walk by heading back along the access to the parking. Bring binoculars, if you have them, we will observe many different kinds of interesting wildlife.

Closed toed shoes are required

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The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy works to restore and preserve the few remaining wetland acres in Huntington Beach.
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust aims to purchase and preserve the remaining open space of the Bolsa Chica, one of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California.

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Rehabilitating wildlife throughout Southern California

Fun Los Cerritos Wetlands Hike on Saturday, October 3rd

Blue Heron

With summer behind us, it's time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators from Tidal Influence, on a wonderful hike at the Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. Guides will lead us on a walking tour that will take us to Marketplace Marsh on the City of Long Beach's wetlands parcel and over to the San Gabriel River on the property held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority.

We will likely come across great blue herons, which measure up to 4 feet tall. Their wing spans are huge, 5.5 to 6.5 feet. During this 2-mile urban hike, you will learn about the history of land acquisitions in Los Cerritos Wetlands, and leaders will show us some freshwater marsh habitats that few people have ever viewed. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at how wetlands and oil operations co-exist at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHAT: Heron Hike around the Marketplace Marsh at Los Cerritos Wetlands.
Great Blue Heron
A great blue heron enjoying our local wetlands. You will likely spot one if you attend our hike on
Saturday, October 3rd.

WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 10:00 am.

WHERE: Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach. There will be signs. Close-toed shoes are required, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.



Want to help a whale?

Help a Whale

If you support the protection and preservation of wetlands eco-systems, chances are you support protecting marine eco-systems also. A sad and inhumane disruption of the marine eco-system is the capture of orcas from the wild that are then sold to marine parks, zoos and other inappropriate places. While the United States has not been issued a permit for the taking of a wild orca since 1989, other nations perform hunts in order to capture orcas for display. And within the U.S., the problem of already captive orcas housed in marine parks, like Sea World, remains.

Interestingly, however, the future of captive orcas at Sea World will be before the Coastal Commission, when they meet in Long Beach on October 8th. The Coastal Commission will be voting whether or not to allow Sea World to expand the size of the tanks that house their whales. At that meeting the Commission could decide to condition their approval of Sea World's orca tank expansion so that the breeding and transfer of orcas will be phased out forever.

If this is an issue you would be interested in learning more about, I urge you to attend the upcoming Sea World Coastal Commission informational meeting featuring former Coastal Commissioner Sara Wan, co-founder of the Wan Conservancy, and Lindsay Larris, Regional Director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

This informational meeting will take place at 6:30PM this Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, at Long Beach Main Library which is located at 101 Pacific Ave, next to Long Beach City Hall. Ever since the release of the movie Blackfish, more and more awareness has been building about the immorality of housing intelligent and sentient animals like whales in such harsh conditions. The Coastal Commission's meeting in Long Beach in October could put an end to that practice. Learn the details and how you can help this Tuesday evening. For more information or to rsvp, email


Final wetlands kayaking trips for 2015

Our kayaking trips to the Steamshovel Slough portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands sure have been a lot of fun. And popular too! Steamshovel Slough is one of the most pristine salt marsh areas in Southern California and a glimpse of what much of Los Cerritos Wetlands will look like once it is restored.

Our final three wetlands kayaking trips for 2015 will be on October 11th, November 15th and December 13th. I urge you to sign up for a spot by sending an email to We meet at Leeway Sailing Center at 9:00AM, and our trips always wrap up by noon. As with our nature walks, our kayak trips are lead by naturalists from our partners over at Tidal Influence. Cost is $13, paid directly to Leeway, which covers the cost of kayak, paddle and life-vest rental. Sure do love the photos our colleagues from Tidal Influence took during of our most recent kayak trip. They paint a great picture of what is it like to kayak through Alamitos Bay to Steamshovel Slough and back. Check them out. I think they will inspire you to join us!
The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust for Long Beach and Seal Beach is a community based nonprofit
California corporation chartered to hold land in the public interest and dedicated to acquisition,
restoration and preservation of the San Gabriel River Estuary.

Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday. Join in and make a difference.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day is an amazing event where tens of thousands of people from up and down the state of California come together to clean up our coast. In just a few short hours, with everyone working together, our coast becomes cleaner and more inviting for people and for wildlife.

I am proud to share with you that locally, Long Beach and Seal Beach have quite a few coastal cleanup sites going on, some sponsored by close partners like Friends of the Colorado Lagoon, Save our Beach, or the Algalita Foundation.

I urge you to take a few hours out of your day this Saturday and join your fellow Californians everywhere. After all, our coast is one of California's most spectacular resources. Let's help keep it that way. Details are below.


Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

Friends of the Colorado Lagoon invites you to meet them this Saturday, September 19th, at 9:00AM at the Wetland and Marine Science Education Center at 5119 E. Colorado Street. They will provide the gloves, supplies and good times needed to pick up trash and debris around the lagoon. All ages welcome.

Save Our Beach will host coastal cleanups at two different locations. They will be at their regular 1st St. location, their other clean up location will be at the base of the Seal Beach Pier. Free parking is ONLY provided at the 1st St. location. Please be a part of the solution and attend this important event! You can register today at

The Algalita Foundation is participating in Coastal Cleanup Day alongside the El Dorado Nature Center at the Belmont Pier in Long Beach from 9am-12pm.

There are 7 locations where the City of Long of Long Beach will be hosting a coastal cleanup event this Saturday. Participating is easy. All you have to do is show up and sign in. For more information visit the City's website.


Proposed wetlands mitigation bank has been in the news lately.

Proposed wetlands mitigation bank has been in the news lately

The Long Beach Press Telegram recently ran a comprehensive article with the latest news about the proposed mitigation bank for portions of Los Cerritos Wetlands. As you may recall, there is a proposal for a huge swath of Los Cerritos Wetlands, currently privately owned, to be used as a mitigation bank. In other words, our local wetlands would be fixed up in order to offset environmental impacts in other areas. Once the mitigation bank is wrapped up and finished, the land owner has committed to moving the restored wetlands into the pubic trust.

One important step along the way is an agreement to a "term sheet." The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) voted to approve the term sheet framework at their last meeting. Term sheets don't obligate either party (the land owner or the LCWA) to anything, but serve as an outline for negotiating the details of this land deal. To check out the LCWA's recent agenda item on the matter that includes the term sheet you can click here. To read the Press Telegram article click here. It's a slow but steady process, one that could result in the vast majority of Los Cerritos Wetlands owned by the public and protected forever. But there are many steps along the way, and all of us must be vigilant to be sure that the deal that is reached is best for our local wetlands.


City Roots Urban Nature Festival was a blast. Thank you!

City Roots Urban Nature Festival

We had a great time at City Roots Festival earlier this month. It was a beautiful Saturday night for a concert at the Colorado Lagoon, our sister wetland, and we have to say that all of our organizational partners and vendors made an exceptional effort. Our thanks to our friends, old and new, that came out in support of natural open space and to hear some great live bluegrass under the stars.

We appreciate the support of the community for this important outreach opportunity for conservation in Long Beach. A huge thanks to Friends of Colorado Lagoon, the CSULB Mobile Science Museum,Aquarium of the PacificLong Beach Folk Revival FestivalCouncilwoman Suzie PriceCongressman Alan Lowenthal, and all of our dedicated volunteers for helping to make this event possible. We hope that City Roots inspired a few newcomers to spend time in these magical vestiges of nature in the city, and to fight for them, too! Until next time. .


CITY ROOTS Our Urban Nature Festival and Concert is coming up soon!

City Roots

Dear Friend of Los Cerritos Wetlands,

Don't forget that our first ever free City Roots urban nature festival and concert is this Saturday, September 5th. What a great way to spend part of your Labor Day weekend. Not only will you get to know some of the interesting groups that are working to bring nature back to our urban environment but you will get to spend time at the Colorado Lagoon, a wonderful natural area that is also a great venue for a concert.

Most people don't know that the Colorado Lagoon was once an unbroken parcel of Los Cerritos Wetlands, before urban development fragmented and divided these once-vast natural lands. So we are excited to partner with Friends of Colorado Lagoon for this fun celebration of all that urban nature offers us here in Long Beach and surrounding communities.

The music will be great, too! Our featured band will be the Salty Suites, who will start their performance at 7PM, giving attendees plenty of time to check out the hands-on exhibits, kids' activities, and local organizations promoting natural open spaces, outdoor education, recreation, natural history, wildlife, and more. Lawn and beach seating for the free concert is limited, so I urge you to arrive at 5PM to stake out your spot with your blanket or lawn chairs.

Our valued partner South Bay Wildlife Rehab will also be there with their impressive raptors, along with two mobile science and ecology museums that can be explored for no charge. For dinner you can purchase yummy choices from the Canvas Food Truck or bring your own picnic, plus Councilwoman Suzie Price's office is hosting a fun s'mores bar.

We will be gathering on the north bank of the Colorado Lagoon. Festival attendees can enter from 6th St adjacent to the golf course, or from the south bank, crossing the pedestrian bridge over the water. Free bike valet sponsored by Representative Alan Lowenthal's office for those arriving on two wheels. Sorry, dogs have to sit this one out, they aren't permitted at the Lagoon.

See you this Saturday, I hope!

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust


Goodies from our City Roots Sponsors

Ice Cream Ian
Aquarium of the Pacific

Thanks to their community sponsorship, we'll be happily doling out Aquarium of the Pacific tickets to lucky winners all night at City Roots Festival. We're proud of our long partnership with the aquarium and all that they do for conservation efforts in Long Beach. Please check out all of the great upcoming events the aquarium is offering this season.

What better way to send off summer than with Ice Cream Ian! He'll be joining us at City Roots to pass out *free* treats to our guests.

City Roots is also pleased to be partnering with the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, coming back for its third year on September 19. Enjoy picturesque views on the grassy lawns of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Downtown Long Beach from 11am to 11pm while enjoying the best in Folk, Roots, Americana, & Bluegrass music acts-- over 20 bands! In addition to the great music, all the fan favorites are back including contests, amazing gourmet food & craft beers, interactive kids' area, the "Vintage Bazaar" shopping experience & much more. Tickets are on sale now. Kids 12 and under as well as Seniors 75 or older get in free. While you're there, come visit us at the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust booth!


Another way to enjoy nature this Saturday is by attending our walk and wetlands restoration event.

wetlands restoration event

Our "Raptor Ramble" through the now-publicly owned Hellman portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands is one of my favorite nature walks. Not only will you get a chance to check out Los Cerritos Wetlands from the Seal Beach side, but you will likely spot a Belding's Savannah Sparrow. The Belding's love to nest in the salt marsh that is found in Los Cerritos Wetlands. And with only about 2,000 pairs of these birds left in the world, to spot one is a special treat. Another special thing about this Saturday's nature walk is the opportunity you will have to learn about the native people who once lived in and near our local wetlands. Who were they? How did they live? And what happened to them? Those are some of the questions that will be answered if you join us on our walk.

WHAT: Raptor Ramble Nature Walk of Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHEN: Saturday, September 5th, 2015, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 10:00 am.

WHERE AND WEAR: Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH n Seal Beach. There will be signs. Wear close-toed shoes; and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to rsvp send an email to

Planting a wetlands plant. P.S. After our nature walk, from 12:30 to 2:30PM volunteers will be helping to restore Los Cerritos Wetlands. You are invited to join them. Meeting place is where we gather for our nature walks. For more information about restoration opportunities within Los Cerritos Wetlands, email


Our Sierra Club friends and colleagues are hosting an electric vehicle festival.

National Drive Electric Week

Each September electric vehicle advocates, including Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association, host a national weekend of electric vehicle events. In Long Beach, at Houghton Park, there will be electric buses, cars, 18 wheelers, bicycles, lawn equipment and motorcycles, as well as information about all the benefits of electric propulsion. Also at the event you can check out interesting presentations, alternative fuel food trucks, and lots of fun discussions about the future of transportation.

This event is co-sponsored by Representative Alan Lowenthal, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Senator Ricardo Lara, Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson, as well as the Sierra Club - Long Beach Group, TeslaClubLA, OC Tesla, BYD, Southern California Association of Electric Vehicles, AQMD, CARB, Audubon Society, Children's Day USA, Pedego, AGZA, Evergreene, Ameco Solar, Solar City many neighborhood associations, the Long Beach Coalition for a Safe Environment and the Long Beach Surfrider.

What: Long Beach Drive Electric Celebration

Where: Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach 90805

When: Saturday, September 12th, 2015, from 9:00AM until noon.

For more information check out the National Drive Electric Week webpage.