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Can we heal the Ballona Wetlands?

Posted May 30, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]
A sole egret wades in the restored Malibu Lagoon. Sycamore snag offers a safe landing place for birds in the newly restored Malibu
Lagoon.  Red and blue flags in the mud indicate new native plantings.

The Malibu Lagoon recently re-opened after a controversial restoration that took years to approve. Now the environmentalists are shifting focus to the south as a Ballona Wetlands project is being studied.
Both the Malibu Lagoon and the Ballona Wetlands host dozens of species of birds and fish. Wildlife survives in these two oases, experts say, not because of intense human effort to preserve open space, …

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Children’s Nature Institute shows kids nature in urban spaces

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

A few years ago, the Children’s Nature Institute moved its headquarters from a rustic outpost in Franklin Canyon to the very urban Pico-Union neighborhood with the mission of raising awareness of the nature that exists in the urban world. They also started taking kids and their families on urban nature hikes —  in their own neighborhoods. The Institute also takes nearly 20,000 kids, ages three to …

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Many environmental non-profits need help – so who to give to?

Posted December 27, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

December is the time when lots of us go through our checkbooks and decide how much to donate to charity – and who to give that money to. In California, lots of our money goes to environmental advocacy groups – the people making sure our beaches stay clean and our air stays breathable.
On a sunny December morning in Malibu, Nancy Hastings gazed out at her …

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