Long Beach Sierra Club Welcomes Naturalist Tracy Drake To Speak on Torrance’s Madrona Marsh

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Welcomes Naturalist Tracy DrakeMere steps from one of the Southland’s biggest and busiest malls lies a relic of a time before cars and condos. In the midst of Torrance’s dense commercial district is 10 acre Madrona Marsh Preserve. This peaceful home to native flora, and thousands of birds, reptiles, frogs, and small animals is the only remaining vernal marsh in Los Angeles County.

On Wednesday, April 4th, preserve Manager and Naturalist Tracy Drake offers an armchair tour of this hidden wonder, when she speaks at the monthly meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club. Drake, a resident of Long Beach, organizes and conducts the educational and interpretive programs at the preserve and at the nature center.

Her presentation is especially timely; the recent spring rains have transformed Madrona Marsh, bringing it alive with new growth. As is the nature of vernal marsh’s, summer will dry up the preserve slowing the natural cycles. Now is the perfect time to visit the unique site.

The program is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 East Willow, near Temple in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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