BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 540

Coastal Monument and Seabird Protection Network at 7th Annual Coastal Discovery Fair

For the seventh year in a row, BLM’s California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) hosted an outdoor booth at the Coastal Discovery Fair, held Saturday, July 21 at the Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach in San Simeon. More than a dozen agencies and organizations participated in this day-long event with activities for kids at each booth.

At the BLM booth, CCNM manager Rick Hanks and his wife Julie and Andrew Breaux, BLM Hollister Field Office’s outreach and partnership coordinator, stayed busy all day helping more than a hundred kids color, cut, and assemble pelican headbands and dozens more make CCNM booklets which they adorned with rubber stamp images of rocks and islands related animal and plant life. While giving out CCNM brochures and posters, the booth staff discussed the Monument and the BLM with many of the more than 2,000 event goers.

For the second year in a row, the Seabird Protection Network Point Sur to Point Mugu Chapter had a booth at the Coastal Discovery Fair. This chapter of the Seabird Protection Network (SPN) is led by the BLM with California State Parks, one of the CCNM’s Core-Managing Partners, coordinating the outreach portion. The SPN Point Sur to Point Mugu Chapter was initiated by funding from an offshore oil spill restoration settlement and is being managed by the BLM's Hollister Field Office as part of its role related to the CCNM.

At the Seabird Protection Network booth, Cara O’Brien, the project’s outreach coordinator and an Interpretive Specialist II for the California State Parks’ San Luis Obispo Coast District, and Robyn Chase, a State Parks Interpretive Specialist I, conducted the “Seabird Olympics” that involved a number of fun activities, including the Pelican Plunge, the Cormorant Dive, and the Oystercatcher Hammer. In addition, they gave out seabird field guides that included tips for safely viewing seabirds and provided the opportunity for youngsters to earn junior ranger badges if they swore to help protect seabirds.

Also participating at the Coastal Discovery Fair with a booth adjoining both the CCNM and the Seabird Project Network booths was the BLM’s Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area booth. The fair is the annual celebration for the Coastal Discovery Center that is managed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (a CCNM Collaborative Partner) in cooperation with California State Parks. The Coastal Discovery Center serves as the CCNM’s visitor contact station for its Piedras Blancas-San Simeon Gateway initiative.

- Rick Hanks, BLM California Coastal National Monument Manager, July 2012

 a girl looks down into a bucket of plastic balls
A visitor is about to test her skill in the Pelican Plunge.

visitors crowd another booth
Throughout the day, young competitors took part in the "Seabird Olympics" at the Seabird Protection Network booth.

two boys color pelican headbands on paper
Two brothers color pelican headbands.

children gather around a booth
The California Coastal National Monument booth was busy all day long.

two children wear pelican headbands on their colorful hats
Two young visitors wear pelican headbands on their colorful hats

decorating booklets with rubber stamps
Young visitors use rubber stamps to decorate coastal booklets.

a woman wears a paper pelican headband
"Battle of the Headbands" between Nicole Capps, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (above) and Andrew Breaux, California Coastal National Monument (below).
a man wears a paper pelican headband

a boy holds his mother's hand as they leave the fair
A young visitor heads home, wearing his pelican headband.

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