Is the greenhouse effect bringing more birds to Madrona Marsh that usually winter further south?
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and aesthetics of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. The organization works in coordination with the City of Torrance, and creates, sponsors, and conducts various activities to promote the understanding, enjoyment and preservation of the Preserve. Members and volunteers also assist in tours and different projects City-wide. The Friends of Madrona Marsh has been the backbone of the Madrona Marsh Preserve for more than forty years.
The Madrona Marsh Preserve is located in Torrance, California. It is a type of wetland called a vernal marsh. "Vernal" means spring or green. Because Madrona Preserve’s wetlands does not built-in water source, but is the lowest point in the surrounding area, some rain water ends up here, like the bottom of the saucer. When the winter and spring rain falls, enough water accumulates to sustain the marsh and provides a resting spot for migrating birds. The Madrona Marsh is an "urban oasis", providing valuable habitat in this urban area for birds, insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, and small mammals.
The Madrona Marsh Preserve is an educational and recreational resource for the City. Opportunities include nature walks, docent tours, bird watching and more.
Directly across the street the from the Preserve is a Nature Center, which is an educational and interpretive center for the Madrona Marsh Preserve's natural resources and places the Preserve within its regional context. The Nature Center is a place where the wonders of nature can be explored and enjoyed by all ages within the community. The Center offers many educational programs and workshops, and houses, laboratories, books and other aids to understanding this unique habitat.
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90505
OPEN Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
2nd Wednesdays, 8 am - Bird Walk
1st Thursdays, 10 am - Tyke Hike
4th Weekends, 10 am - Nature Hike
Sats, 8:45 am - Habitat Restoration
Call (310) 32-MARSH
for current status.