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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 424

 CCNM Celebrates 10th Anniversary at “Whale of a Day!”

It was a “Whale of a Day” for the California Coastal National Monument at the 26th annual “Whale of a Day!” celebration held at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Visitor Center on Saturday, March 6.  The California Coastal National Monument participated in the day-long event as part of the year-long celebration of the CCNM and National Landscape Conservation System’s 10th Anniversaries. (text continues below)

A young girl looks at the camera through plastic magnifying glasses
A young visitor looks at the camera through magnifying lenses.

Although the weather forecast called for rain all day, it held off until the end of the event, allowing the 2,600 attendees to enjoy a “Whale of a Day!"  Co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (a CCNM Collaborative Partner) and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente, Whale of a Day is an annual festival celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California to its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska. 

With a wide variety of outside booths and activities, the California Coastal National Monument was given a booth in a prime location outside of the entrance to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  The CCNM booth consisted of two main activities -- “Tidepool Measuring” and “Make-a-Book” with CCNM rocks and islands related animal and plant life rubber stamps.  In addition, the CCNM Gateways photo exhibit was hung in the interpretive center’s multi-purpose Sunset Room where the event attendees were provided the opportunity to enjoy a food concession or just rest using the numerous chairs and tables. (more text below)

Parents watch a child look closely at a display at the booth
A family enjoys the CCNM booth’s “Tidepool Measuring” activity.

CCNM and National Landscape Conservation Area (NLCS) brochures were also given out and information regarding the CCNM, NLCS, and BLM was discussed with a large number of booth visitors.  The CCNM representatives at the booth were CCNM Manager Rick Hanks and his wife Julie Hanks, a BLM volunteer, and the BLM California District Public Affairs Officer David Briery and CCNM Southern California Coordinator Greg Thomsen.  The CCNM representatives were assisted by four of Torrance’s West High School students who were gaining extra credit for their volunteer work.

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Point Vicente Interpretive Center are within the CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway area.  The interpretive center, which has a CCNM wall display and an inside CCNM Gateway kiosk, serves as the gateway’s visitor contact station. (text continues below)

Children ring tables set up in a booth, ready to take part in the activities
The CCNM’s booth activities attracted kids of all ages.

Top view of young hands using rubber stamps on paper cards
Children making CCNM rubber stamp books.

Two girls look at each other through binocular magnifying lenses
Two young girls explore the use of magnifying glasses.

Youth stand both in front of and behind the tables at the booth
Students from Torrance’s West High School assisted with the activities at the CCNM booth.  The booth included two main activities:  “Tidepool Measuring” and “Make-a-Book” with CCNM rocks and islands-related animal and plant life rubber stamps. 

Other Whale of a Day activities included face painting, children's crafts, chalk drawing, storytelling, and small children's games, plus exhibits, crafts and food vendors, a raffle drawing, the singing of sea chanties, and the San Pedro High School Marching Band.  Some of the participants included the Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, California Native Plant Society, Save the Manatee, American Cetacean Society, Whale Watch, Marine Mammal Care Center, U.S. Coast Guard (also a CCNM Collaborative Partner), and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (another CCNM Collaborative Partner).  Tours of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Point Vicente Lighthouse, adjoining the grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, were given on a first come, first served basis.  

- Ricks Hanks, California Coastal National Monument Manager, March 2010

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 424

Last updated: 03-17-2010