|Los Angeles River west of Balboa Blvd.|
You can easily walk this section along a dirt road/path from Lake Balboa to the Sepulveda Dam. The flow of the river slows and vegetation provides habitat. We were surprised to find wetlands between one of the golf courses and the River.
|American wigeons and mallards|
The fish in the river with flashy silver sides were counted by agency biologists on December 1, 2015 and found to be introduced tilapia. While the tilapia provide food for native birds, they are not a native species. Biologists are hoping the potential El Niño will wash these rapidly increasing non-native fishes out of the river. See the article in the L.A. Times.
Native fish species were decimated when the River was cemented in the 1930s. Restoring the River means helping native fish reestablish populations. Wouldn’t it be a major success to have steelhead and salmon return to spawn in the Los Angeles River?
|My favorite stretch of the River, just above the Sepulveda Dam|
L.A River Headwaters
Walking the L.A. River - San Fernando Valley
Up-close with a snowy egret
Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve
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