Everyone needs friends, especially animals trying to survive in a threatened habitat. The Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach, California, is home to such animals like the Wandering Skipper Butterfly, Salt March Tiger Beetles and Peregrine Falcons. And lucky for them, there’s the Friends of Colorado Lagoon, a coalition of citizens devoted to restoring this wetland so creatures, plants and people can co-exist without stepping on each other’s toes.
The Friends of Colorado Lagoon have a sizable to-do list, so they were happy to have the Wells Fargo Green come out to pitch in on some of the conservation activities. The Green Team also presented a $25,000 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant to help support the volunteer work. Keep in mind that the Colorado Lagoon is one of the few remaining urban salt marshes in southern California, and is home to many species that depend on items like tidal salt marsh, eel grass beds, coastal strand, and sage scrub. For sure, it’s a special place that needs ongoing restoration and protection.
In the video below, you’ll see Wells Fargo volunteers planting plants, spreading mulch and seeds and other conservation work to restore the ecosystem. If it all seems too general, consider that Wandering Skipper Butterfly will now have a secure place to lays its eggs (it only does so on salt grass, which was planted as part of the project).
Before watching the video, note that along with Friends of Colorado Lagoon, supporters in this project include city of Long Beach, L.A. & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, city of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, California State University Long Beach, Tidal Influence and Eco-Link.
Alright, on to the footage: