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Invasive and Problem Plants

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Invasive and Problem Plants Since the soil in the areas in and along the trail has been disturbed (graded and used as a road) over the years, many destructive plants have been brought in.¬†These are a few of the worst ones. Many non-natives included in the Upland […]

Upland Plants

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Upland Plants In general, the trail and the areas near the trail have been “disturbed” for many years: graded as a road, dug and chewed up by vehicles, with plant seeds and pieces brought in from elsewhere. Therefore, the plants near the trail now are mostly fast-growing […]

Marsh and Wetland Plants

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Marsh and Wetland Plants In general, the plants that “belong” near the lagoon (in the wetlands) are low-growing and salt-tolerant, with floppy stems (not erect) and having special ways of growing in salty soil and of ridding themselves of excess salt. The following plants are native except […]

Factsheets

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Lagoon Factsheets The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation has produced a series of factsheets on the nature and history of the lagoon   Aquatic life at the bottom of the Lagoon Birds Butterflies Fish Geology History Timeline Insects (aquatic) Insects (terrestrial) Lagoon Dynamics Native American presence at the Lagoon […]

Restoration Project

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Restoration Project In the early 80’s, the Port of Los Angeles planned to expand by dredging San Pedro harbor to 20 feet and adding port facilities. This required mitigation to compensate for destruction of coastal habitat. Batiquitos Lagoon was selected as a potential site for mitigation work […]

Fish

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Fish For a printable version of this information sheet, click here.   There were only a few species of fish in Batiquitos Lagoon (just five!) before it was opened to the ocean and tides at the end of 1996. High temperatures in the summer, low oxygen levels, […]

Birds

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Birds About 185 species of birds have been seen at Batiquitos Lagoon at different times of the year. A comprehensive list of these birds is available here. Birds commonly seen at the lagoon are listed below:   Shorebirds have long-pointed wings, long legs, and relatively narrow-pointed bills. […]

Geology (cont. 12)

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Geology The rest of the story is in the present. Batiquitos Lagoon exists today because the ice sheets of the last ice age melted 11,000 years ago and sea level rose, flooding the deep stream valley. (This makes our “lagoon” technically an estuary rather than a lagoon, […]

Geology (cont. 11)

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Geology Whenever land rises, the streams flowing across the plain cut down and make deep, large valleys. This happened along the San Diego County coastline. Then, as climate warmed, ice sheets melted and sea level rose, flooding the valley into an estuary, and causing the deposition of […]

Geology (cont. 10)

History Geology Plants Fish Birds Restoration Project Factsheets Geology The land bounced upwards frequently because of movement along the San Andreas, Rose Canyon, and other faults, raising old beaches high above sea level. Today, the old beaches lie elevated above the present beach. We can see them from the trail along the lagoon. They are […]