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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
when they 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.


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!