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"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these
has been deprived of the best part of his education."
-Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
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The Natural Heritage of Los Angeles, California
The satiated man and the hungry one|
do not see the same thing
look upon a loaf of bread.
-Rumi, poet and mystic (1207-1273)
California is a semi-tropical paradise. Southern California, of which Los Angeles is the anchoring beach city to end all beach communities but is much more than a beach community. Within the boundaries of the greater Los Angeles area are mountains, valleys, wetlands, deserts, oceanfront and microclimates of densely forested habitats.
From beach sunsets to mountain sunrises, Los Angeles offers the grand view...and the tiniest nuggets of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds. Nature in the backyards of Los Angeles is robust, wild...and hosts the diversity of a Mediterranean climate that brings plant enthusiasts here to nurture gardens from our own native Western habitats...and many from around the world.
California is home and migratory highway for as many as 300 species of birds...some humble, many exotic...all fascinating and quite watchable when you enjoy nature in their hangouts. Hummingbirds are the favorite bird by far! California is a migratory route or year round residence for at six members of the hummingbird family, more than any other state in the U.S.
Mountain lions and bears gain a lot of press when forest fires devastate their habitat and force them into the fringes of human communities that are intruding on the wilderness. Mammals such as sea lions and seals play with seagulls and pelicans at the shoreline. Fish and shrimp and mollusks and insects galore pulse with life in these warm waters, desert oases and sunlit skies.
NOT SO WILD LIFE
People have planted themselves in the Los Angeles basin from around the world. More than 150 languages are spoken in Los Angeles, making it the informal "capital of the world". With all this diversity comes the challenge of learning to live in harmony with one another...and with nature. It takes education to help residents understand concepts such as conservation, recycling, native plant protection, wildlife protection and living lightly on the land. The first step is appreciation of the wonders in which we live.
That is the purpose of this website and newsletter -- appreciation and wonder! We invite you to join us in the adventure!
Gardening and Landscaping with Common Native & Naturalized Plants
of Southern California Uplands
Native plants vary by the landscape.You'll find very different habitat -- both plants and soil/rocks in valleys vs. hilltops; coastal edges vs. mountain slopes.
Los Angeles Natural Resources
Nature, hiking, wildlife and living with nature in urban California
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
There are a wide variety of animals, insects and little critters found in Southern California backyards, parks, wild lands and even urban nooks and crannies.
Common Native Birds of Southern California
California is a superb birdwatching location. We have such wide diversity in habitat from the open ocean to the desert and moutaintops...and everything in between, that we have the perfect habitat selection for one of the widest selections of birds on the North American continent.
Vasquez Rocks - Los Angeles County Park
Vasquez Rocks is a Los Angeles County Park, located in Agua Dulce midway between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.
California Poppies are wild flower fields of gold
Within driving distance of Los Angeles you'll find hundreds of acres of seasonal poppy blooms...and elegant skies and vistas inbetween the rainy seasons!
Southern California Beach Communities
Profiles of California Beach communities with urban wilderness, beaches, ocean waves and travel fun
Attracting California birds with native plants
Southern California's wide variety of habiats, from ocean to wetlands to mountains and inland deserts, creates home for a wide variety of birds who live in, or migrate through those habitats.
Las Pilitas: A Native Plant Nursery for Southern California
A master native plant nursery: Las Pilitas Nursery of Southern California
Southern California Beach Cities & Communities
Whether visiting or living the beach life, these Southern California communities are trendsetters!
Healthy Garden – Healthy Home - Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management prevents chemical contaminants and helps you garden, landscape and keep you home pest-free.
Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo in Los Angeles
Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo 2006 – Celebrities, Leading Environmental The Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo will be an unforgettable Earth Day weekend – April 22-23, 2006
Los Angeles Urban Forest
Los Angeles hosts an urban forest of more than 15,000 trees
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
Los Angeles city parks and recreational facilities range from museums to sports parks to wilderness camping. Check it out!
Southern California Environment News
News links covering the rivers, mountains and deserts of Southern California.
Organic Food in Southern California
Making sense out of organic food, natural food, wild food, and sustainable agriculture. And finding sources in Southern California.
Least Terns Preserve on the Los Angeles Beach
The Least Tern Bird Preserve is a micro-enviroment of low rolling sanddunes and a whisper of green foliage topping them.
Visiting Southern California Beach Communities - An Overview
California Beach Communities from San Diego to Ventura -- perfect Southern California vacation spots and urban living
Travel for fun, and adventure
Hiking is a fun way to explore nature -- but there are also camping, summer camps for boys and girls, and wilderness adventures! Explore the possibilities.
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List
Links to local nature-related resources in Los Angeles