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26th Annual Endangered Species Faire Wrap Up - May 2005

Raisin’ the roof with the Banana Slug String Band.

Wide eyed in the face of a snake, questions when you learn what a barn owl eats, butterfly masks to wave when you dance with the Banana Slug String Band, and the smell of vittles cooking in a solar oven that is juiced up on a bright May 7th in Cedar Grove. Yup, Butte Environmental Council and our amazing community co-created the Endangered Species Faire for the 26th year in a row.

A diverse group of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and school groups participated this year to educate the community about the environment and network with environmentalists from all over the north state. Some of the presenters included the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s planting booth, AS Recycling from CSUC, Lassen National Park with an impressive live snake display, and California Native Plant Society with a microscope to view plants. The buzz in the Grove was that the presenters had some of the best booths in years. The theme for the year was Grassland Wonders but the booths spanned a much broader range of ecological niches. While most of the booth activities were geared towards children and families, there were plenty of booths of interest for adults, including a booth from the Sugar Pine Foundation about the white pine blister rust attacking conifer forests.

Laurel Blankenship and Randy Larsen ushered the crowed through an amazing lineup of family entertainment. The featured group was the Banana Slug String Band from Santa Cruz. Local World, Checkers the live Owl and Allen the live Alligator and many others also delighted spectators. Many faces in the crowed, young and old alike, were painted with the striking colors of lizards, frogs, flowers, and birds. Volunteer face painters helped raise funds for the Faire.

The weather couldn’t have been better. After the Pioneer Days Parade was over the Grove filled up with people. We estimated more than 6,000. Board members Karen Goodwin and Peter Hollingsworth dished up delicious plates of Today’s Tostadas, to help feed the hungry crowd and contribute to funding the Faire
Thank You to everyone who had a part in this wonderful event. It is a classic day of celebrating this earth, and reconnecting each person to our need to leave a lighter footprint across our path in life. If you are interested in helping to organize next year’s Faire, call the BEC office and get involved!

Check out the article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

This article originally appeared in Summer/Fall 2005 Environmental News.