Register for the Next Naturalist Night, October 8, 2020, 7:00 pm

You are invited to a Zoom Presentation on the Future of Ballona Wetlands
By Neysa, Manager of Scientific Programs for Friends of Ballona Wetlands
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Neysa has always had a passion for the environment. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. At college, Neysa discovered her fondness for birds and wetlands, and their importance in local urban ecosystems. Seeking to share this passion with others and to expand on it through biological research, Neysa came to work with Friends of Ballona Wetlands (FBW). This non-profit achieves the perfect balance between protecting wetlands, educating the public, and promoting wildlife appreciation and understanding.

After working with FBW for a year, Neysa found herself wanting to learn more about wildlife and natural resources. This knowledge and experience could be used to strengthen educational and environmental programs at FBW. To accomplish this, Neysa completed a Master of Natural Resources Degree from Oregon State University, with an emphasis in Wildlife Management. Through this program, and the partnership with local Environmental Scientist, Dr. Edith Read, Neysa has done research in the Ballona Freshwater Marsh studying maintenance impacts on nesting wetland birds. Dr. Read and Neysa are seeking a deeper understanding of how to manage for nesting bird habitat and health, while meeting the human needs of the manmade wetland system.

As the Manager of Scientific Programs for Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Neysa hopes to promote endangered and sensitive species habitat protection and restoration, while educating the public about the importance of nature, especially in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles.