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30th Annual Endangered Species Faire Wrap Up - May 2009

The 30th ESF logo.

The 30th Annual Endangered Species Faire was a great success! Despite a light rain off and on most of the day, several thousand people showed up to celebrate mother nature, enjoy the entertainment and learn about a diversity of environmental issues. When the subject of the weather came up, the most common response was “we really need the rain” – everyone seemed to enjoy being out in the much-welcome precipitation!

Diversity: It’s the Spice of Life was the theme of this year’s Faire, and the variety of displays at the booths helped make this point. The educational booths presented by non-profit organizations, federal agencies and schools were amazing, and most had an interactive activity to reinforce the concepts the group was trying to convey. This year we had a booth exhibit on orangutans, created and presented by a very determined and pro-active school girl named Allison Boyer, working with a group called RedApes.org. As usual, the agencies, such as the Plumas National Forest and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, had beautiful and informative displays.

One of the features of the day was the One Heart Ceremony, a beautifully choreographed performance that expresses the oneness and interconnectedness of all living creatures with the elements. The performance highlights the forces as we see them and allows us to recognize and show our gratitude to the natural world on which we all depend. This heart-warming ceremony was created and narrated by Rosamond Crowder and a host of talented musicians, dancers and performers brought it to life.

Special THANKS to all of the entertainment that braved the elements: Whipple, Hooker Oak School, Local World, Wild Things and Ha’Penny Bridge! We also appreciate that Rosamond Crowder and all the participants in the One Heart Ceremony were able to quickly adapt the ceremony to fit on the stage, under the big tent, even though we all held hope (until the last minute) that the rain would subside before the ceremony was to take place. Despite the condensed version prompted by the rain, the audience was touched by the magic invoked by the ceremony.

ESF 2009All in all, it was amazing that so many people came out to the Faire and that the majority of the organizations attended as well as the vendors. What a great day enjoying mother nature’s moisture, listening to great music and learning something new about the environment! Hope to see you next year.

BEC interns Emily Alexander, Marina Hammon-Adams, and Whitney Moyer were invaluable! They worked extremely hard to develop materials for the BEC educational booth and did a great job organizing the volunteers. More thanks to Julia Murphy, Lisa Hill, Dr. Diane Schmidt’s students, and all the other great volunteers. Our wonderful major sponsors make this event possible, so we would especially like to thank: Altacal Audubon Society, Barris Farms, Chico News & Review, Chico State Sustainability Program, FREE, New Urban Builders, Sierra Club – Yahi Group, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Business Sponsors included A&J Party Rentals, Butte Natural Distributing, Durham Electric, Ed’s Printing, In Tents Events, Left Coast Pizza, Mountain Sports, Mt. Shasta Spring Water, Printed Image, Pullins Cyclery, Robert Seals, Small Town Sound, and Waste Management. Special appreciation also goes to all the Friends of the Faire, who contributed financially to keep the Faire rolling.

Article from the Summer 2009 Environmental News.