Saturday, July 27 2013
Sponsored by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA). Gate opens at 7 p.m.; event begins 7:30 p.m. (sunset 7:58 p.m.) Light refreshments may be served. No restroom facilities. Lepidopterist Julian Donahue will talk about the moths that come to the black and mercury vapor lights. Daniel Marlos, webmaster for “What’s That Bug” and author of “The Curious World of Bugs,” will also be on hand to share his knowledge. Bring a flashlight.
Located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Washington, Elyria Canyon Park is a 35-acre nature park that provides a glimpse into the native habitat that once thrived in the hills near downtown Los Angeles. A network of trails meanders through fragrant communities of coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland and purple needlegrass. The park boasts one of the finest examples of California black walnut woodland in Southern California. The trails lead to vistas of the Los Angeles River, Griffith Observatory, and the city.
Directions: For this event use the Bridgeport entrance (1550 Bridgeport Drive, Los Angeles). Exit off the 2 (Glendale) Freeway at San Fernando Road (just north of Interstate 5 and State 2 interchange). Travel southeast on San Fernando Road; turn left on Division Street, turn right on Wollam Street, go 2 blocks and turn right on Scarboro Street, then next left on Bridgeport Drive. Park where you can on Bridgeport, or follow it to its end and park in the park (limited parking).