What: Raptor Ramble
When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 8:00AM until 10:0AM
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 stroll through heritage coastal sage scrub and historic dredge spoils, while looking for raptors (birds of prey) and a number of other species that nest in the area. As we pass the salt flats we may see tiger beetles and coyote tracks before hiking up to the Heron Pointe Cultural trail to discuss how tidal circulation shapes our local wetlands. Our walk leaders will share their knowledge and passion for the wildlife of the wetlands as we continue along the cultural trail and discuss the native peoples of the area, the history of the Heron Pointe Development and look for wildlife like the endangered Belding’s Savannah Sparrow. 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.
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The issue of urban coyotes and Seal Beach's decision to trap and kill them sure has been in the news lately. And it seems to have spurred what I hope is healthy discussion in nearby cities and communities. I know a few years back Huntington Beach considered similar coyote trapping and killing tactics but instead chose to emphasize coyote control and public education.
Now Long Beach is having those same discussions. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine has finalized a report regarding the City of Long Beach's urban wildlife policy, which of course includes coyotes, that will be presented at the 3rd District upcoming lunch on October 16th. I urge you to attend the lunch and hear first hand what the City of Long Beach's views are on this emotional topic.
The guest speaker will be George Chapjian, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, who will provide an Urban Wildlife Report. Additionally Ted Stevens, Manager of the City's Animal Care Services Bureau, and a representative from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be joining the discussion
A copy of that report won't be released until the day of the meeting, but when it becomes available I will share it with you.
Additionally, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is hosting an informational meeting about urban coyotes, what you need to know about them,and how best to manage them in an urban setting (hint: Killing them doesn't work). Our featured speaker will be Professor Tim Revell, who holds a degree in biology with an emphasis on animal behavioral ecology. Professor Revell was also a member of the Coyote Committee that Seal Beach put into place. It was a committee that did not listen the advice of an expert.
To quote Professor Revell, "What you end up trapping is the slow, dumb, ignorant male coyotes and remove them from the population. Trapping is the worst thing you can do. When you trap the weaker animals, it helps create larger packs of smarter, more aggressive coyotes."
Come hear for yourself from an expert, what to do to make our neighborhoods safe for people, pets and wildlife. Learn about this interesting predator and the role it plays in our Los Cerritos Wetlands ecosystem. It will be an interesting and educational evening.
What: Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust informational meeting featuring Professor Tim Revell.
Why: To learn more about urban coyotes, the role they play in the wetlands eco-system and how to live with them.
When: Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00PM
Where: Kettering Elementary School Auditorium
550 Silvera Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
For more information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 714/357-8576.
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust
P.S. On Monday, October 13th at 7:00PM the Seal Beach City Council will be receiving a report and update regarding their coyote policy. I urge you to attend and share your views. You can check out the upcoming Seal Beach City Council agenda by clicking here.
Councilmembers Mungo and O'Donnell are hosting a meeting about the SEADIP updating process. If you haven't had a chance to learn about the updating process and how it will impact not just the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands but also nearby neighborhoods, now is your chance. The zoning for the SEADIP area, which contains all of Los Cerritos Wetlands that are within Long Beach, hasn't been updated in decades, so the updating is long overdue.
The question is how do you update the zoning for an area without harming wetlands and increasing traffic, yet taking into account landowners' concerns. The devil is in the details, and hopefully more of those details will be availbable to the public on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.
An owl enjoying the eucalyptus trees of Gum Grove Park.
Photo: Cindy Crawford. http://www.caopenspace.org
A journey through Steamshovel Slough by kayak is a trip back in time.
Come with us on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, on a nature walk of the Hellman portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands, which is located entirely in Seal Beach. Thanks in part to nearby Gum Grove Park, we often
Gum Grove Park owl at Sunset.
see interesting birds, including birds of prey. It's amazing how many of them depend on those tall trees as well a plentiful food supply from the wetlands.
What: Tour of the Seal Beach section of Los Cerritos Wetlands
When: Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at 8:00AM
Where (and wear): Meet at the corner of First Street and PCH in Seal Beach (just over the bridge from Long Beach into Seal Beach) Wear closed-toed shoes; kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Check out this flyer for further information. To RSVP for a spot on this walk email email@example.com or call 714/357-8576.
As for kayaking, you don't want to miss out on an opportunity to kayak the lovely and pristine Steamshovel Slough area of Los Cerritos Wetlands. Since Steamshovel Slough is still privately owned, your best chance to check it out in person is by signing up for one of our kayak trips. Steamshovel Slough is a gem of a spot. Largely untouched since it was formed, a journey through Steamshovel Slough by kayak is a trip back in time.
Our upcoming kayak trip will be on Sunday, October 26th, 2014, from 9:00AM until noon. We meet at the Leeway Sailing facility, and it costs $13 per person to cover the kayaks, paddles and life-vests. You need to be able to paddle a couple of miles to and from Steamshovel Slough, but we are never in a hurry and stop along the way to check out the Jack Dunster Marine reserve. Minimum age is 16, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check out these fun photos from last month's kayak trip lead by our partners, Tidal Influence.
Everyone on our kayak tour must have a confirmed rsvp which you can obtain by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714/357-8576.