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Psomas Biologist Conducts Pro Bono Ballona Wetland Butterfly Survey

Photo credit: Don Sterba/Friends of Ballona Wetlands

Photo credit: Don Sterba/Friends of Ballona Wetlands

Psomas biologist Dr. Irena Mendez has confirmed the presence of the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly at Playa Vista’s Ballona Wetlands, one of two remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles County. The pro bono survey was performed in the western Dunes area of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve between June 27 and August 27, 2013 on a weekly basis during the butterfly flight season.

This success can be attributed to nearly two decades of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands’ community restoration efforts which cleared invasive plants enabling the return of native species, including native buckwheat. The Blue depends on native buckwheat for its life cycle.

In addition to relating these findings, Dr. Mendez’s report also proposes recommendations in support of the Friends’ on-going habitat restoration efforts.

Psomas played a substantial role in the development of Playa Vista and a major role in the preservation and restoration of the Ballona Wetlands. Jacob Lipa is Board Delegate of the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands.

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