SOUTH EL MONTE – It took an Eagle Scout three days to dig out a buried pond at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, but already it has become a watering hole for a variety of critters. El Monte High School senior Glen Maldonado decided to rehabilitate the pond, which had become choked with plants and debris over the years, as his Eagle Scout project. Three years ago it was filled in with rocks, bricks and mulch to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and spreading the West Nile virus. The pond has now been stocked with mosquito fish to eat mosquito larvae, said Nature Center superintendent Colleen Mackay. Mackay said when more vegetation is planted, the added cover will attract more birds. “It’s really a special place,” she said. Building a crescent-shaped wooden railing around the pond will be the next project for another Eagle Scout. Maldonado, who plans to go to Cal State Los Angeles in the fall, said he became interested in civil engineering after playing The Sims, a computer game in which players create characters and design entire cities. “You build houses, buildings, bridges,” he said. “I started learning more about that type of career.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Maldonado said one reason he worked on the pond was that it’s next to to a handicapped-accessible concrete trail. “I chose that spot because all the seniors who go there walk by on the cement trail, so they could have some scenery,” said Maldonado, who plans to become a civil engineer. His family often comes to Whittier Narrows to walk and relax, he said. Maldonado and a group of volunteers pulled out 9-foot-high thistles, mulefat and mustard plants overgrowing the pond, and shoveled out the rocks and dirt. Within an hour one warm recent morning, observers spotted several bird species: a house wren, California towhee, house finch, hummingbird, mockingbird, black phoebe, lesser goldfinch, phainopepla and a woodpecker. “Out of nowhere, things have starting coming out towards the water,” Mackay said.