While anxiously awaiting the return of our seasonal wetland at LASHP, this morning we took a trip over to Rio de Los Angeles State Park to check out how our little sister park was handling the wet weather. Turns out she is faring quite nicely, with an amazing wetland of her own taking shape. The “oxbow” area of Rio de Los Angeles was actually designed to become a wetland, or riparian habitat, with water provided through a combination of seasonal rains and irrigation run-off from the active recreational areas in the park. The plants and trees are native species – willows, sycamores, toyon, bullrushes, sage – to name just a few. Rio de Los Angeles, like LASHP, is a former railyard (Taylor Yard) and was once highly industrialized and covered in tracks. Hard to believe!
We also went a bit further up the road to an undeveloped portion of Rio de Los Angeles which overlooks the Glendale Narrows. The river was flowing more rapidly than normal due to the rainfall, but the birds, as always were abundant in this natural, soft-bottomed section of the Los Angeles River. Someday we hope to connect LASHP to the river and see these same species up close and personal, right here next to the Broadway Bridge.