A group of endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtles has taken up residence in a portion of the San Gabriel River. Two wetlandsecologists will lead a walk of the Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, July 7th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This family-friendly nature hike will go through salt marshes to the San Gabriel River for a glimpse of the sea turtles.
Green sea turtles usually live in tropical or subtropical areas. There are many sea turtle nesting grounds along the Mexican coast. These turtles are an ancient species, dating as far back as 30 million years ago. They may grow up to 5 feet long and may weigh as much as 500 pounds. Mature green sea turtles are usually found in shallow coastal waters with sea grass beds.
An unlikely source seems to be the reason the green sea turtles have taken up residence in our city. The Haynes Power Plant discharges warm water into the river. This discharge site is where the turtles can be found.
I went on the March Turtle Trek and we saw at least three sea turtles! I saw a sea eagle flying with a huge fish in its talons! Sadly, the burrowing owl living in the wetlands did not peek out of his home.
The tour begins on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, just at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. There is ample parking. The hike is appropriate for all ages and is stroller-friendly. For more information or to RSVP for the July 7th walk, contact Elizabeth at email@example.com. Learn more about the wetlands at www.lcwlandtrust.org.