Habitat restoration event coming Oct. 2
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
The Aquarium of the Pacific is restarting its monthly habitat restoration event at the Los Cerritos Wetlands. From 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, volunteers will collect trash and participate in other activities meant to help restore local wetlands.
The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program is working to restore 66 acres of wetlands owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. The program’s ongoing restorative activities have included removing non-native plants, planting native plants and collecting seeds from rare plants for later use. Restoring local wetlands helps the animals that rely on them for habitat, including amphibians, reptiles and birds.
The events are led by trained naturalists and local educators, offering an opportunity for people to learn more about the Los Cerritos Wetlands, while getting hands-on involvement with the restoration.
Participants will be greeted on Oct. 2 by Los Cerritos Wetlands staff at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street in Seal Beach. Arriving around 10:15 a.m. is recommended. Everyone is welcome to participate; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toe shoes are required, and wearing a hat and sunscreen is recommended. Drinking water will be provided, but organizers are asking people to bring a reusable water bottle, as they want to keep the event free of disposable water bottles.
Volunteers are eligible to win a free ticket to the Aquarium and other prizes. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include “Shark Lagoon,” “The June Keyes Penguin Habitat,” “Pacific Visions” and “The Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities.” It also offers a variety of educational events, including lectures from guest speakers.
The next habitat restoration eventsattheLosCerritosWetlands arescheduledforNov.6andDec.4. Registration is not required for this free event. For more information, email [email protected]