Category Archives: South Bay Activities

Terranea Resort Has Birds of Prey

photograph courtesy of Terranea Resort
photograph courtesy of Terranea Resort

Thanks to Discover Los Angeles, we discovered that there are birds of prey at Terranea Resort!  Here is the article in full:

Situated on 102 acres that overlook the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort is a spectacular coastal property that features 582 guestrooms and suites, including spacious bungalows, casitas and villas. Terranea’s coastal setting offers incredible views throughout the property, from the lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces.

The skies above Terranea are clear and free of pesky seagulls, thanks to a non-lethal birds of prey program introduced by Aerial Solutions, a bird control service. As a result of the eco-friendly abatement program, the oceanfront resort is rid of a large, indigenous seagull population, while the majestic birds of prey – aka raptors – have become a popular and unique attraction at the luxury resort. Terranea’s program includes falcons, Harris hawks and Eurasian eagle owls.

The falconers typically fly the falcons and hawks, while the owl only has to make an appearance to have the desired effect of scaring off certain birds. The birds fly at different times each day to help prevent a “routine” from being established. Other birds – especially crows – are very smart, therefore the falconer uses changing flight times and locations to help with the abatement.


Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

The raptor program has been part of Terranea Resort since its opening in 2009. “Matt Morreau was the founder of Aerial Solutions, and it was his dedication to education and commitment to growing the art of falconry that really created a ‘teachable moment’ versus traditional bird abatement,” says Marissa Edwards, the Director of All Things Fun at Terranea. “His philosophy of being hands-on with our guests and bringing the art of falconry to life really helped define Aerial Solutions’ recreation programs as fun with a purpose. Matt’s partners and master falconers, Scott Timmons and Joe Roy work hard to continue that tradition and expand the learning opportunities with guests, the local community and everyone interested.”

Thursday through Sunday, the falconers and a variety of their birds of prey are at Terranea’s Pointe Discovery activity center at 11:00am. The resort’s expert team of falconers teaches guests about the natural history of the birds of prey, the important role they play in the environment and at Terranea, the ecological benefits of falconry, and how the birds are fed and launched. Guests can also schedule private tours with the falconer for a more in-depth experience.

Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

Pointe Discovery is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located on Terranea’s main drive. Call 310.265.2851 for more information and reservations. To learn more about the falconry program and other unique Pointe Discovery activities, visit

Take A Hike!

Take a Hike!

Winter is a wonderful time to go hiking from the South Bay. The days are cooler, there is more foliage, and the views are spectacular!

Here are a few great local hikes!

Point Vicente Seascape Trail


photo courtesy of Ida D.

The walk along the Palos Verdes Peninsula Cliffs is breathtaking and fun for the whole famiy.


Visit for more details.

McBride and Three Sisters Hike


photo courtesy of Frank D.

Within the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, this hike provides spectacular ocean views!

For information, go to:

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy,

Nobody Hikes in L.A.


Ocean Scenic Trails at Trump Golf Course

photo: Gina M.




There is a beautiful, small, secluded beach just below the golf course that used to be dog friendly, but is no longer.

For more information on these trails, go to:

Every Trail


Interested in Venturing Beyond the South Bay?

Griffith Park


photo: Ken Steiger

The meetup, “Greater L.A. Hiking Group” hosts a Sunday evening hike around Griffith Park!

Topanga State Park


photo: Stephen T.


Malibu Creek State Park

For more information, go to:

Malibu Creek State Park


Hiking Resources

Every Trail trails for dogs!

Nobody Hikes in L.A.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

MeetUps that have Hiking Events!

Explore L.A. Like a Tourist

Greater LA Hiking Group

Saturday Morning Hikers


Or plug in a trail name and find out what people are saying about it! (here’s and example for Parker Mesa Overlook.)

Fall Activities in the South Bay!

Get out your calendars because fall is a busy time in the South Bay!

After Labor Day, when Hermosa Beach has its Fiesta Hermosa, people in the South Bay start training for the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair 10K! on the first Saturday in October.


Photos courtesy of The MB Hometown Fair

The festivities begin at 7:30 AM. That’s the bad news. The good news is you have your workout for the day done in no time and the whole of Manhattan Beach is open and ready to celebrate Hometown Fair! Two days of games, craft booths, wine and bear gardens, parades and more.


Photos courtesy of The MB Hometown Fair

We in the South Bay take our exercise seriously and start ’em young! The little ones compete in the Diaper Derby! Total pandemonium as parents try to coax and cajole their not-even-toddlers to crawl in a straight line to the finish! Just too much fun!!!
In case you had too much cotton candy at hometown fair, you can redeem yourself at the BlueZaPalooza Expo on October 12, brought to you by the Blue Zones Project. blue zones
Redondo Hosts Taste of the Pier (its version of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair) on October 13th. This is followed by the American Martyrs Fair, held this year on October 19 – 20.

Next on the agenda is the Hermosa Beach Great Glass Pumpkin Patch (cancelled this year, alas, but back next year, we hope! The South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Penninsula also has a Glass Pumpkin Patch, presented by Walker and Bowes)

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Photo courtesy of Walker and Bowes

Then on to the World Famous Pumpkin Race, scheduled this year for October 27th. The day begins with the “SKECHERS Pier2Pier Friendship Walk,” followed by the very competitive and fun Pumpkin Race! Think Pinewood Derby with a twist!

pumpkinrace2Photo courtesy of the World’s Greatest Pumpkin Race

Next is the Annual Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting and Open House, but I’m moving into the Holiday season. More later!
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Photo courtesy of The Beach Reporter