Palos Verdes Peninsula

The bird rescuer Janet Ragonesi

  by Stacey A. Morse The South Bay Bird Society’s founding in 1974 traces to the theft of an African Grey parrot named Pepper in Hermosa Beach. Then-Hermosa residents Janet and Leon Ragonesi were “cat people,” not “bird people,” but they joined in the search anway. Though the search was unsuccessful,it led the couple to meet up with other bird lovers. The couple enjoyed their company, and admired their commitment to community service. “We thought, ‘Wow, this could be fun,”…