Wetland Videos

We searched the internet and found many videos which provide an introduction to the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Most were uploaded by one of our partners, Tidal Influence.


  1. These three videos feature Eric Zahn. He is a lecturer in the Environmental Science and Policy Program at CSULB, and has been one of the leaders focused on conserving coastal wetlands in Long Beach. .
  2. Los Cerritos Wetlands [2:01]
    Recent footage of the beautiful Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach, California.


  1. Great Horned Owl at Los Cerritos Wetlands [1:22]
    A little video of a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) at the Los Cerritos Wetlands
  2. Burrowing Owl At Los Cerritos Wetlands [1:19]
    We discovered this burrowing owl hanging out in a spill prevention basin in one of the industrial areas on LCW Authority property. This species was recently a candidate for state and federal endangered species act protection due to declining populations from loss of habitat. I think they are a candidate for the Cutest Species Ever Listed! We are happy to have this bird in our wetlands.
  3. Red-tailed Hawk at Los Cerritos Wetlands [0:22]
    A red-tailed hawk perching on an oil pump at Los Cerritos Wetlands. Human made perches offer new perspectives for predators in southern California salt marshes. This individual gets many angles from one dynamic perch. crazy birds!
  4. Dark Morph Redtail? [0:27]
    .We were trying to identify this Redtail Hawk found at Los Cerritos and couldn’t figure out if it was a Harlans or a Dark Morph. What do you think?
  5. White Faced Ibis at the Los Cerritos Wetlands [0.55]
    A somewhat shaky video (sorry) of a White Faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) at the Los Cerritos Wetlands.

Other Wildlife

  1. Adrienne touches poop at Los Cerritos Wetlands [0:34]
    Local Naturalist describes scat at the Los Cerritos Wetlands
  2. Birds and Bugs of Los Cerritos Wetlands [9:03]
    Birds, Bugs Fish and Marine Invertibrates that live at or migrate to the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach, CA
  3. California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) [1:00]
    A little video of several sea hares squirming their way under the bridge at the Lagoon
  4. Following a spider in the Los Cerritos Wetlands [0:24]
    What kind of spider? I don’t know.
  5. California toad in Los Cerritos Wetlands [0.51)
    Thanks to Gary Nafis who identified this tiny juvenile California toad, one that recently transformed from a tadpole. It’s native to the area.
  6. Sounds of Baja California treefrog [0:30]
    Thanks again to Gary Nafis who identified this frog which is also know as the Pacific treefrog, or Pacific chorus frog. It’s native to the area.
  7. Red Diamond Rattlesnake at Los Cerritos [1:12]
    Zedler Marsh has a resident snake. It’s a beautiful and relatively docile rattler living within the restoration site. It looks to be about 3 feet long and quite fat in the middle. Hopefully it is having a buffet of the cottontails eating the baby plants…
  8. Tadpoles at Los Cerritos Wetlands! [1:07]
    Tadpoles at Los Cerritos Wetlands – Campgrounds


  1. Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 at Los Cerritos Wetlands [1:25]
    Volunteers from around Long Beach and Seal Beach expressed their love for our coast on September 17th, 2011 by cleaning up tons (literally) of concrete and asphalt that was dumped in the Los Cerritos Wetlands. About 40 people chose to spend part of their valuable weekend by making a better home for the endangered Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and the LCW Stewardship Program thanks them!
  2. Watershed Steward [12:21]
    The POWER of ONE PERSON is demonstrated by Lenny Arkinstall’s ingenious efforts to clean up an entire wetland in Long Beach. Lenny has removed hundreds of tons of river debris from the San Gabriel river watershed (over 10 years) that flows into Alamitos Bay and ultimately the Pacific. The camera follows Lenny to document how he uses the natural power of tides, currents, and a power plant to sequester synthetic debris for removal by public  works. A true wetlands hero, Arkinstall directs the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards for habitat protection, wetlands preservation, and educational outreach.


  1. Americorps in Los Cerritos [1:26]
    Saturday June 4th, Americorps volunteers helped restore Los Cerritos Wetlands. Here, they share their experience. Enjoy!
  2. Camp Fire USA volunteers at Los Cerritos [0:57]
    On May 7th 2011, over 80 people decided to spend part of their Saturday helping save a remnant wetland in Long Beach. The girls in the video are sharing their favorite things about the Los Cerritos Wetlands.
  3. Planting Cordgrass in Los Cerritos Wetlands [0:43]
    Naturalist Whitney Graves explains the restoration activity at Zedler Marsh in the Los Cerritos Wetlands
  4. Removing Pampas Grass from Los Cerritos Wetlands [1:03]
    A team of volunteers removes a non-native clump of grass from the Wetlands!

One Minute Camera

(time lapse photography of cleanup and restoration)

  1. First ever cleanup at recently acquired Hellman Property! [0:56]
    It’s amazing what people can do when they work together. This little tidal creek in Los Cerritos Wetlands really received some tender loving care from over 80 members of the public last Saturday January 29, 2011. Over 600 lbs of floating trash plus another 5 tons (10,000lbs) of illegally dumped construction material was removed from the site!!
  2. CSULB Students planting salt marsh plants at the Los Cerritos Wetlands[0:38]
    On October 22, 2010, Dr. Laris’ students participated in the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program by learning about wetland soils and planting some salt marsh plants in Zedler Marsh
  3. ESP 400 Planting at Zedler Marsh [1:12]
    Students from CSU Long Beach’s Environmental Science and policy program joined us at Zedler Marsh at Los Cerritos Wetlands on March 17th 2011 and planted a crazy dredge spoil. They did an impressive job
  4. Get to Work Day at Los Cerritos Wetlands (video 1) [1:00]
  5. Get to Work Day Planting at Los Cerritos Wetlands (video 2) [0:52]
    On 10-10-10 at 10 am volunteers from around the Long Beach, California community helped the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority’s Stewardship Program plant the first plants in the Los Cerritos Wetlands. This historic day was an important step in the overall restoration of the Wetlands. We found it fitting to partner our restoration with 350.org’s mission of getting to work to empower our politicians to do the same when addressing global climate change. These two videos (4 and 5) are time-lapse videos of the restoration activity. There are two angles of the same event.

Property Acquisition Celebration

  1. Celebration of Transfer of Hellman Ranch property to the Wetlands Authority [2:43}
    The cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach, along with the California Coastal Conservancy and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, celebrate a wetlands transfer to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority.
    This piece of land is located on the southwestern portion of of the 175-acre Hellman Ranch, near the intersection of First Street and PCH in Seal Beach. It’s also important to note that no city funds were used to make it happen