U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM coastal and desert booths a big hit once again at San Diego Parks and Open Spaces Day
With California Coastal National Monument book marker-making on one side and California Desert District reptiles on the other side, the two side-by-side BLM booths were the major attraction at the 4th Annual San Diego Parks and Open Spaces Day. Sponsored by the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument -- located on the tip of San Diego’s Point Loma -- the day-long event on Saturday, June 9, 2012, highlighted "parks, natural areas, open spaces and organizations that support the use of these spaces in the San Diego area." (text continues below)
The two booths had non-stop visitation by many of the more than 2,000 park visitors to the visitor center. While dozens and dozens of kids made California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) book markers and created CCNM booklets with rubber stamp images related to animals and plants found on and around the CCNM’s rocks and islets, one of the major attractions of the event were the reptiles at the California Desert District (CDD) booth.
California Desert District (CDD) public contact representative Barbara Croonquist and BLM CDD volunteer Dee Dechert were busy all day providing the public with the opportunity to handle a common king snake, gopher snakes, rosy boas, chuckwalla lizards, and young desert tortoises, as well as view a colorful California mountain king snake and a lyre snake. They answered numerous questions about the animals and a myriad of general BLM related topics. In addition, visitors were able to pick up brochures about renewable energy, OHV opportunities in the area, historic sites and trails, desert tortoises, wilderness and even Wild Horses and Burros.
As California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) Manager Rick Hanks handed out brochures and posters and discussed the California Coastal National Monument, the National Landscape Conservation System and the BLM to a continuous flow of visitors, Tracy Albrecht, BLM Southern California national monuments interpretive specialist, helped kids create their CCNM book markers or booklets.
...…others got to hold young desert tortoises at the California Desert District booth.
All four BLM representatives agreed that it was a day well spent, not only with our partner National Park Service but with visitors from all over the country and the world learning about the wonders of the BLM and the CCNM.
- Rick Hanks, BLM, California Coastal National Monument Manager (June 13, 2012)