Wildlife

Endangered and Threatened Species

1) Known and documented to Use the Ballona Wetlands E.R.

  • American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) State Endangered
  • Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) State and Federal Endangered
  • California Least Tern (Serna antillarum browni) State and Federal Endangered
  • Belding Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi) State Endangered

2) Known Historic or Occasional Use of Ballona Wetlands E.R

  • Light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) State and Federal Endangered
  • Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) Federal Threatened

3) Possible Historic Use or Potential Future Use of Ballona Wetlands E.R

  • Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) Federal Threatened
  • Least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) State and Federal Endangered
  • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) Federal Endangered
  • California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii) Federal Threatened
  • Pacific pocket mouse (Perognatus longimembris pacificus) State and Federal Endangered
  • Unarmored threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculatus williamsoni) State and Federal Endangered
  • Arroyo southwestern toad (Bufo microscaphus californicus) Federal Endangered
  • El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni) Federal Endangered
  • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sendiegoensis) Federal Endangered
  • Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) Federal Endangered
  • Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi) Endangered
  • Saltmarsh bird’s beak (Cordylanthus maritimus) Endangered

To learn more go to the Coastal Conservancy website and read the existing conditions report put together by the State.

Bird Watchers

Jonathan Coffin, a long time friend of the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, spends much of his spare time photographing plants and animals at the wetlands. He has been able to capture much of Ballona’s hidden beauty. He is truly a Steward of the land. Most of the pictures on our site are Mr. Coffin’s. We are thankful to have his support and are lucky to have his expertise. To view more of his photos please go to his photo site at flickr.com