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At the Botanical Garden, insects can be observed pollinating flowers, moving seeds, and so much more. Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s flying, crawling, and wriggling around our city? Over 3,000 species of insects have been observed in Los Angeles on the iNaturalist/Seek apps, and new species are still being discovered by scientists today! Anyone can become a community scientist and help to identify and document species living in our city. Meet your insect neighbors and get ready for the 2021 City Nature ChallengeRegister for this free virtual event to:
• Ask questions with UCLA PhD Students Eva Horna Lowell & Alejandra Gamboa
• Learn about insect identification & Print your very own Insect Explorer Guide
• Explore how to use the Seek app
Register Here
UCLA Geography Ursus Environmental Symposium
Ballona Wetlands and the Future of Southern California Coastal Conservation

Tuesday April 13th 
12:00pm-1:15pm PST  -  Zoom

With almost all of Southern California’s coastal wetlands degraded or destroyed by development, and a need to provide the public with more opportunities to enjoy nature, the proposed restoration of Los Angeles’ Ballona Wetlands would appear to be a goal laudable to conservationists, and a potential model for similar efforts elsewhere in the State. However, scientific debates and sharp policy differences have arisen regarding the future course for the Ballona Wetlands. This Ursus Symposium will bring together top UCLA scientists with key figures involved in the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project to offer their perspectives in a dialogue on this important issue and wider implications.
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Welcome Adam Long to the Garden Team!
We are excited to welcome Adam Long to the Botanical Garden team as a part-time Nursery Technician! Adam brings a wealth of experience to the Garden with his past experience as a Garden Educator and Manager at a variety of organizations. A long-time volunteer with us, we are happy to have his passion for plants on our team.
2021 Native Plant Garden Tour
Ready to add more California native plants to your life? Want to explore some remarkable native plant gardens across L.A.? Our friends at the Theodore Payne Foundation can safely provide you with plenty of gardening inspiration on their virtual version of the annual Native Plant Garden Tour, April 16-18, 2021. 
New Wildflower Bed in the Botanical Garden
California native wildflowers are now blooming on the west side of the Garden near the Cycads. We’ve been addressing oak root rot fungus in this area and after solarizing this past summer/autumn, our Horticulture team spread native annual seeds that are popping up as spring arrives. We will plant perennial plants in the area in future years.
Correction: Herbarium Announcement
In a recent newsletter, we noted that the Herbarium has ~40,000 dried plant specimens. The Herbarium actually contains ~136,000 specimens, of which ~40,000 are species native to California. 
Help Care for the Garden–Become a Member Today!
We are so grateful for the community of volunteers, garden enthusiasts, students, staff, patients, furry friends, and neighbors that love and support the Botanical Garden. As we introduce our formal membership program, we invite you to support the only admission-fee botanical garden in Los Angeles. We understand this has been a tumultuous year for many, but if you are able to give, your gift will help us as we take on projects like providing free educational programs to k-12 students and caring for the health of the plants here. 
Become a Member Today!
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