Meet LA sea mammals on the mend

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A young northern fur seal curiously looks out of its pen at the Marine Mammal Care Center LA in San Pedro. With its oval face and pointy ears, the seal looks a bit like Yoda from “Star Wars.” Photo by Susan Valot.

Marine Mammal Care Center LA has survived struggles and the pandemic as it cares for injured sea life. Now the center has reopened to the public. The Black Phoebe, the Cassin’s Kingbird, and Pacific Slope Flycatcher are among the unusual birds found in the San Fernando Valley during the latest annual Christmas Bird Count. Bassist Frederick “Juice” Johnson suffered strokes, cancer, and then homelessness. His life turned around thanks to nonprofits, and now he’s giving back to those same organizations.