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Malibu Lagoon Virtual Tour

Photographed on October 23, 2015

Take a slideshow tour around the lagoon to see what may be in store for your visit.

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    The Kelp Canopy creates a majestic entrance to the lagoon and a rendezvous place to take in the awesomeness of the lagoon while waiting to meet up with friends and family, or just meet others visiting this new wildlife habitat for the first time.
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    Students sit watching the wildlife up close as they enjoy their lunch.
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    Students get close up to the birds and observe the nature of their life style.
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    This is the north path by PCH as you head out to see the main channel of the Malibu Creek and Pacific Ocean.
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    This is the overlook by PCH. Here you can see the dynamic connection between the Malibu Creek, the lagoon and Pacific Ocean.
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    From the overlook by PCH you can take in the magnificence and dynamic nature of this wildlife habitat while capturing some spectacular pictures.
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    This is one of three islands that provide refuge and a sanctuary for birds avoiding predators, like foxes, coyotes or feral cats.
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    Descriptive legends explain the nature, in part, of the area. This one is on the north path that runs near PCH.
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    Picnic tables and seats line the north path.
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    Students gather at the end of their excursion and prepare to leave.
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    Entering the lagoon on the west end you’ll find an interactive model of the Malibu Creek Watershed that demonstrates the function of the watershed ecosystem: The rain enters the system and streams out to the ocean, only to return to the sky above. This western path is at the back of the lagoon.
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    Here is an amphitheater for students to sit and listen to educators of the environment as they watch the ecosystem at work.
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    From this vantage you can see the spectacular work of this wildlife habitat as it circulates water and cleanses it at the same time.
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    Beside this western path on the left is a “Winter Clock” that measures the tide. Along that path are measurements gaging the height of the tide. In this photo, the path is submerged in the high tide. When the tide lowers the path is revealed. High and low tides alternate about every six hours.
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    This is the bird blind where you can up close to wild birds preying on fish.
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    This island is at the back of lagoon and in front of the bird blind. Many fish spawn back here and its a favorite feeding area for the raptures.
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    This legend is located at the corner of the western and south paths.
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    This picnic area can accommodate a large group and is beside the famous Malibu Movie Colony.
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    This is a picnic area for visitors who wish to bring family and friends for a special occasion while taking in nature at its best, in the wild.
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    The south path and road provides a surfer’s speedway to world famous Malibu Surfrider Beach.
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    On the path to the beach you may meet birders and surfers among a variety of lives freely experiencing the spectacular nature and dynamics of this area.
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    At this juncture you can walk to the beach or the lagoon’s watershed overlook.
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    This legend is at the watershed overlook. From this vantage you can see the mountains descending into the lower watershed where the creek meets the lagoon and surf-zone.
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    Needless to state the birds here are magnificent in their natural setting.
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    A Snowy White Egret in flight.
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MISSION STATEMENT

Recover, restore and protect the lower Malibu Creek watershed and historical wetland in the heart of Malibu. Educate the general public about the wetland and riparian ecosystem, promote and restore clean and safe water for purposes of recreation, habitat and food sources.

VISION STATEMENT

Establish a thriving ecosystem in the lower Malibu Creek watershed that creates a green central park/open space area that protects adjacent properties from flooding, enhances water quality and habitat in the heart of Malibu.

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VOLUNTEER EVENT

Help restore Malibu Lagoon. Join California State Parks, The Bay Foundation and EcoMalibu to help maintain the newly restored Malibu Lagoon. Volunteers are needed to help control invasive weeds and to allow the recently planted native vegetation a chance to flourish. A large part of the lagoon restoration project is to dramatically increase the diversity of native plants. Please help the native plants take root.
Malibu Lagoon volunteer dates through to the end of 2016:

September         10
October               29
November          19
December          17

Go to the Bay Foundation Volunteer Contact Form >CLICK HERE< to sign up.

 

VIDEOS

Watch the evolution of the Malibu Lagoon’s recovery and restoration. Click on the image to go to the video page or tap HERE.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW GALLERY

Click on an image to see that photo slideshow.

Dance of the striped mullet- Photos taken 05-19-14 Striped mullet leaping out of the water at Malibu Lagoon are captured during a 30 minute time span. Striped Mullet can often be seen jumping in a dance to avoid predators as they are a common prey for other fish and birds. We hope you enjoy the Dance of the striped mullet. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow.)
Oscar the Osprey – Photos taken 4/4/14 Oscar is the Malibu Lagoon’s resident Osprey. In this series of images you’ll see Oscar hunt for prey around the perimeter of the lagoon and swoop down on a fish (we think it’s a Mullet but that is not confirmed). Oscar is at the top of the food chain in the heart of Malibu’s eco-system. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow. Hover your mouse/cursor over the picture to pause the slideshow)
Native plants are thriving, lush and green – Photos taken 2/20/14 Over 70,000 native plants were planted and are maturing due to careful maintenence. A temporary irrigation system keeps them fed with water while their roots take hold. It is expected that the plants will take another year to fully mature and the roots to strongly take hold. In the mean time, water rationing has been imposed due to the drought conditions California is currently experiencing. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
The Artificial Berm in front of the Adamson House This slide show is a series of images and text that explain the reasons why Beaches and Harbors and State Parks constructed the artificial sand berm to prevent the Lagoon channel from meandering too close to the Adamson house and lifeguard towers. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
A Day at Malibu Lagoon These images were photographed on November 13, 2013. Birds continue to flock to the newly restored Malibu Lagoon. We are seeing a great variety of birds, from Great Egrets, to Common Mergansers. Birds are feeding throughout the entire Lagoon all the way to the back of the channels, which used to be the dead-zone where birds would rarely visit. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
More Birds Gather in the lagoon These images were photographed on November 4, 2013. Birds appear to really like the newly restored Malibu Lagoon. We are seeing a great variety of birds, from Great Egrets, Mallard Ducks, to Coots, Pelicans, Grebes, Herons and many other birds enjoying the Lagoon. Birds are using the entire Lagoon all the way to the back of the channels, which used to be the dead-zone where birds would rarely visit. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
Aireals of The lagoon restoration over time In a series of aireal photos, captured monthly starting in June 2012, the progress of the restoration is seen from beginning to end. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
Pipes, trash, debris and muck This slide show documents the trash, debris, fill dirt, and hidden pipes that were discovered and removed during the Malibu Lagoon Restoration project which took place between June 04, 2012 and March 31st 2013. Malibu Lagoon was used as a disposal site by the Department of Transportation which later became known as Cal Trans between the 1920’s and 1960’s. (Click the image to view the slideshow).
May 3, 2013, Grand Opening More than 250 people attended the celebration. (Click on the image to the left to see the slideshow. Then, click on your back button to return to this page and see another slideshow)
Birds flock in the lagoon These images were photographed on October 21, 2013 over the course of 3 hours. Birds appear to really like the newly restored Malibu Lagoon. We are seeing a great variety of birds, from Ospreys, Brant geese, Coots to ducks, Pelicans, Grebes, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, and many other birds enjoying the Lagoon. Birds are using the entire Lagoon all the way to the back of the channels, which used to be a dead-zone that birds would rarely visit. 

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