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Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles

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The Ballona Wetlands are located in Southern California, United States south of Marina del Rey and east of Playa del Rey. The wetlands once included the areas now taken up by Marina del Rey, Venice, and Playa Vista, extending north to about present-day Washington Blvd. in Venice.
It is one of the last significant wetlands areas in the Los Angeles basin, and is named for Port Ballona and Ballona Creek which now runs through the area as a flood control channel. In the 1930s the Ballona Creek corridor was channelized in concrete, thus greatly reducing the inflow of salt water to the marsh, and eliminating spring floods, which brought freshwater to the wetlands. Among the many groups dedicated to protecting the wetlands are the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, Grassroots Coalition, Ballona Ecosystem Education Project, and the Sierra Club Airport Marina Group.
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  • We thought that we would do a little bit of walking at the Wetlands (see some birds). Did not really happen as there were not great signs to inform you of where to go. We ended up driving around...  more »
  • What a great little spot this is for a nice walk. Close to LAX, the Ballona Wetlands have been set aside as an important flyover site for birds. You'll see plenty here, and the flat, easy walk is...  more »
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  • Part of the trail that looks like a loop on the map is closed off, and the open part I walked was right next to the road, so don't expect to get away from it all, but it's a sweet little marsh with lovely waterfowl (not just mallards)! I didn't have binoculars, but I think maybe shovelheads and coots.
  • Beautiful protected land, we need more of this...

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