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News.bytes Extra, issue 478

BLM joins Ridgecrest Earth Day celebration

In celebration of Earth Day, many events took place in and around the city of Ridgecrest.  On April 21st, Cerro Coso Community College hosted their annual Earth Day Festival.  Many local organizations such as the Student Conservation Association, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and the Ridgecrest Turtle and Tortoise Club had informational tables.  BLM wildlife biologists Shelley Ellis and Carrie Woods passed out brochures on desert tortoises, local wildflowers, butterflies, and hiking in the area.  BLM flyers with area maps and regulations were also given out to interested recreationists such as off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. (text continues below)

a little girl bends way over to pet a desert tortoise
“Click,” Carrie’s pet desert tortoise, served as a learning tool for children and adults alike.

On April 22nd, the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake held its first ever Earth Day Fair to highlight what it and other organizations are doing to ‘partner for a greener tomorrow’.  The Indian Wells Water District, PG & E, and Southern California Edison were just a few of the organizations present.  The BLM booth was attended by Natural Resource Steven Gomez, Jr. and biologists Shelley Ellis and Carrie Woods.  Informational brochures, maps and flyers were handed out with a focus on desert tortoise ecology and conservation.

children pet a tortoise held by a BLM person

- Carrie  Woods, wildlife biologist, Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office, 4/27/11

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Last updated: 04-29-2011