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News.bytes Extra, issue 478

California Coastal National Monument part of Cabrillo College Watsonville Earth Day celebration

In spite of overcast skies, cold winds and smoke from the Apple Growers Cold Storage warehouse fire, Cabrillo College completed its Earth Week celebration on Earth Day on April 22, 2011, at its Watsonville campus on the eastside of the plaza in downtown Watsonville, California.  The California Coastal National Monument was one of a half dozen organizations invited to participate in the Earth Day event that was scheduled to link with the City of Watsonville’s weekly farmers’ market that takes place every Friday afternoon in front of the Cabrillo College Watsonville Campus.

dancers twirl in colorful native dresses
A folkloria dance group kicks off the final day of Cabrillo College's Earth Week.

California Coastal National Monument Manager Rick Hanks and his wife, an instructor at Cabrillo College and a BLM volunteer, staffed the monument’s booth helping young and old alike make dozens and dozens of pelican headbands. Visitors to the booth were also treated to Coastal Monument brochures and pins and National Landscape Conservation System bandanas.

toddler colors pelican headband a little outside the lines
This very young visitor enjoyed coloring her own pelican headband.
a smiling man arranges items on a display table
National Monument manager Rick Hanks sets up the CCNM booth in the breezeway of the Cabrillo College Watsonville Campus  (the Cabrillo College main campus is in Aptos).

two girls wear handmade pelican headbands
Two sisters enjoy their new fashion accessory.

close-up of hand-colored paper pelican headband
A young artist demonstrates her completed pelican headband.

a girl in a purple sweatshirt colors her pelican headband purple
A fashion design to match her outfit.

man and woman on bicycles with others standing around
Earth Day participants make fruit smoothies using a bicycle-powered generator -- as they wear their pelican headband and National Landscape Conservation System bandanas.

two boys color pelican headbands
As the event was ending, the California Coastal National Monument booth was still busy with young ones pleased with the chance to make something of their own.
smiling boy tilts his head to show off his pelican headband

- Rick Hanks, California Coastal National Monument manager, 4/25/11

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 478
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Last updated: 04-29-2011