CWD 2019 — A WILD SUCCESS!
CRWC hosted its second annual California Wildlife Day community event on March 23rd with the help and co-hosting of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. The event took place at the Palo Corona Regional Park in Carmel Valley under a clear blue sky. Lynn Cullens, executive director of the Mountain Lion Foundation was the keynote speaker. Remarks were also heard from the spokesperson of CA Senator Bill Monning, as well as two in-person elected officials: Assemblyperson Mark Stone and District Supervisor Mary Adams.
More than 600 local residents and visitors came to enjoy the happenings of the day, both indoors and outdoors. Over 30 environmental exhibitors were present to discuss local wildlife and conservation initiatives, 200+ pieces of local school children's art, poetry, and science projects were on display, and several food vendors including Fire On Wheels Pizza and Earthbound Farms provided delicious food all day long.
As part of a regional CWD contest, school groups from around the Monterey area submitted art, poetry, and bilingual science posters in hopes of recognition and REI-sponsored prizes. Twenty elementary, middle, and high school students were awarded for their exemplary research, creativity, and hard work. Two groups of students from Tularcitos and Stevenson elementary schools presented their research on California wildlife species during the event.
Live animal demonstrations featured a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk, and a peregrine falcon. The crowd was enraptured with the up-close view of these majestic birds. Nature walks were also led through the Palo Corona park grounds, a recently opened MPRPD park featuring a rewilded golf course. Arts and crafts were offered to young children, and a sculpture installation by local artist Paola Berthoin was also held. Needless to say, there was no shortage of family fun all day long. Many thanks to our guests, presenters, sponsors, and co-hosts. We look forward to making next year an even greater success!
A SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE DAY! IN CARMEL VALLEY
The inaugural California Wildlife Day celebration at Garland Ranch Park (hosted by the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy and Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District) was blessed by good weather and a turnout of about 450 people of all ages. Native American Linda Yamane opened the event with a Rumsien blessing followed by comments from Co-Founders Beverly Eyre and Lorin Letendre. Senator Bill Monning, Assemblyman Mark Stone, Supervisor Mary Adams, and MPRPD Board Chair Kelly Sorensen spoke eloquently about the importance of preserving and honoring our wildlife; and live demonstrations of a peregrine falcon, great horned owl, and red-tailed hawk wowed the crowd. Many students created art, poems, and science projects about their favorite wildlife, and ten of them presented their crafts to the audience. All in all, a great start of what will be an annual event on each Spring Equinox!
WILDCARE HOSTS CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE DAY SPRING EQUINOX 2018
WildCare hosted a special family-friendly event in their Courtyard on March 20th, 2018. Visitors were encouraged to bring "gifts" for baby birds. An evening talk with Dr. Juliana Sorem: "Treating Wildlife: A Veterinarian's Perspective" followed. Visit here for more info.
CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE DAY CELEBRATED IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
California Wildlife Center and the National Park Service invited a local Fourth Grade class to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Interagency Visitor Center on California Wildlife Day, March 20th, 2018. The students learned about local wildlife through nature walks, activities, and crafts including owl pellet dissection with California Wildlife Center staff and volunteers.
LINDSAY WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE HONORS CWD WITH DOLLAR DAY
Lindsay Wildlife Experience celebrated California Wildlife Day by dropping its admission to $1 on the Spring Equinox (March 20th) of 2018. Lindsay strives to connect people to the wildlife of California; this was their second Dollar Day event. Check their event info here.