L.A. teens lead restoration of Debs Park bird habitat


March 31st, 2012 · by jchapman

Volunteers restoring habitat in Debs Park

The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team is serious about restoring wildlife habitat. On Saturday, March 31st, these self described “Nature Freaks”, got people from northeast Los Angeles out to participate in a major restoration project in Debs Park, the fourth largest park in LA. The project focused on restoring the coastal sage scrub areas – with the goal of creating better habitat for birds, such as Allen’s Hummingbird, Wrentit, and California Thrasher, all of which are Audubon Watchlist species. Over the next few months, the Green Team will monitor the site to see how the birds and plants are doing.

Planting a California sage brush plant in Debs Park

Over 60 people volunteered their time to plant native plants, install watering systems, weed the restoration areas, and sow native plant seeds for future projects. The volunteers worked on nearly 2 acres of land. Tiffany, of the Arroyo Green Team, remarked, “Overall it turned out well. Everything got done really fast, everyone helped.” Anna, who oversees the project for Audubon said, “The Green Team showed a lot of leadership, and I was really happy to see that they were able to get so many community members come out to make the park a better place for people and birds.”