Monthly General Meeting (held 3rd Thursday each month except July and August at El Dorado Nature Center). We’ll have a few brief announcements followed by a program, guest speaker is Tracy Drake. Nature Center doors open at 7:00 p.m., program ends at 8:30 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A. Doors close at 9:00 p.m. Parking is free; light refreshments will be served. Please bring recyclable cans/bottles with caps removed to support chapter activities.
Tracy Drake, Birds of Madrona Marsh
Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance is a type of wetland called a vernal marsh, meaning spring or green. Madrona Preserve’s wetlands do not have a built-in water source. When the winter and spring rains fall, enough water accumulates to sustain the marsh and offer a resting spot for migrating birds becoming an “urban oasis”, providing valuable habitat for birds, insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, and small mammals. There are 260 bird species recorded at Madrona Marsh. Tracy Drake will share her fifteen years of experience as the preserve’s manager and naturalist. She currently serves as Park Services Manager, City of Torrance and holds a degree in Recreation from CSULB and a Master’s degree in Outdoor Resource Management from Indiana University. She is active in Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon.