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L.A.: W. Snowy Plover Nesting Hot Spot
This summer, Oriana Strieleman, a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University, is interning with TBF and working on a research project documenting the recent discovery of the federally-threatened western snowy plover nest sites. The first discovered nest was on the Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project site (Los Angeles Times). These tiny shorebirds haven’t nested in L.A. County for nearly 70 years! Oriana’s project will document nest site conditions at Santa Monica beach, Malibu Lagoon State beach, and Dockweiller beach and investigate possible reasons the plovers have decided to nest in L.A. this year.
Conservation through Education
TBF wrapped up an intensive 9-month effort to promote energy, water, and natural gas conservation throughout middle-schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). TBF’s project, Educating the Future: Innovative Resource Conservation Strategies, was supported by LADWP’s Community Educational Partnership Program. After developing a suite of new and engaging educational resources to encourage conservation, TBF staff visited 13 middle-school classrooms, working with teachers to engage students on important conservation issues and solutions through presentations, games, and hands-on activities. These resources are free and available to all teachers on the project website. Make sure to check out the video “Water and Energy Conservation for LA Kids” where teen reporter, Kenya, leads a tour of L.A.’s water, electricity, and natural gas systems and investigates why conservation can make a huge difference.
Fish surveys at 'lake' Malibu Lagoon today. pic.twitter.com/4xm0T4NsCn
We were out before the ☀️ today surveying the Point Fermin intertidal with LMU interns Candice and Val!… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…