BONUS: The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society hosts Malibu Lagoon field trips on the fourth Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m., tailored for newbies seeking some guidance spotting the specimens. Call (424)-744-0938 or visit the SMBAS blog.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. The lagoon and beach parking lots (for a daily fee) can be accessed on either side of the bridge at the Adamson House or at the State Beach parking lot (directions to the park). Once parked, walk towards the ocean; if you parked west of the bridge, walk east to the lagoon. If you parked on the east side of the bridge, once you hit the beach, head west. Malibu Lagoon State Beach grounds open 8:00 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. Dog-friendly!