Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sims' Pond Biological Reserve
This park is operated by the City of Long Beach, but it is entirely inaccessible. A chain-link fence blocks off all access from the streets, and the other boundaries of the park are abutted by private property. [See Bailey's explanation below.]
The Los Ceritos Wetland Stewards hosts occasional clean-ups of this park, so you can contact them (firstname.lastname@example.org) about accessing the pond on those dates.
Still, walking along the exterior of the park on Loynes or PCH provides an opportunity for bird watching and appreciating the pond itself.
The pond is almost entirely ringed with wetlands. Bulrushes (Scirpus acutus and Scirpus californicus) and cattails (Typha dominguensis and Typha latifolia) stand tall right at the water's edge. Tiny duckweed (Lemna sp.) float in the open water, covering the pond with an opaque green mat.
On higher ground, several species of willow grow. Their fluffy seeds catch sunset light beautifully.
These tall trees provide excellent roosting for birds, such as this black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax):
The pond provides food for the herons. I spied one heron struggling to eat a fish it had caught:
The LB Transit 171 and Passport-D bus take you this park.