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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Walking the Los Angeles River Thru Atwater Village

We've left the San Fernando Valley and we're headed toward downtown Los Angeles. Even here, the Los Angeles River continues to surprise us.
Looking up the Los Angeles River from the Los Feliz Blvd. Bridge
At first glance the Los Angeles River's cement sides suggest flood canal, but no one has told the wildlife. Willows, reeds, and palms are establishing themselves and providing habitat.


Art painted on a bridge support.
We continue to see a variety of water fowl and birds (34 species in this section). But for the first time we saw a coyote and Canada geese in the River.

The bridge at Los Feliz Blvd. offers easy viewing of the River. There is close parking at the Community Golf Course and a cute food establishment.

Closed access, due to El Nino flood control measures, caused us to cross the River several times and to reroute through adjacent neighborhoods, but we soon found the river walkway again.

We ended at the Marsh Street Nature Center–a hidden treasure with lovely walkways, native plants, a skate park, and a large mosaic rattlesnake sculpture. Just a quarter of a mile further we stopped in at the local Spoke Bicycle Cafe right off the L.A. River Bikeway at N. Coolridge Ave. More photos by Douglas Welch

This area is dog friendly (on a leash), but be sure to give right of way to bicyclists. 

Discover a section of the Los Angeles River near you.
Discover the Headwaters of the Los Angeles River (least sandpipers, American crows) 
Walking the L.A. River - West San Fernando Valley (killdeer, mallards, American crows)
Discover L.A. River at Sepulveda Basin (red-tailed hawk, Canada geese, American wigeon)
Sepulveda Basin - An Earth Minute in One Spot (American coot, double-crested cormorant, song sparrow)

Wildlife at L.A. River - Glendale Narrows (American wigeon, greater yellowlegs, black-necked stilt)

Where will you find your EARTHMINUTE ?

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