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31st Annual Endangered Species Faire - May 2010

The 31st ESF logo

The 31st Annual Endangered Species Faire went off without a hitch this year, and it was a stunningly beautiful day in Cedar Grove! We had fabulous entertainment all day long including local musicians Outside Voices, Local World, Whipple, and Sekund Naychur. The third and fourth graders from Hooker Oak School composed a music and dance show that was very entertaining! Wild Things brought their animals, both local species and other species from around the world, to educate about why wild animals should remain wild, not pets. They also do a good job of explaining the perils that these animals (and/or their habitats) face.

The primary reason for the Faire is, of course, environmental education (in a fun and entertaining atmosphere), and that was provided in abundance by the local non-profit sector, local, state and federal agencies, and college/high school/elementary school classes. Many of the organizations followed the theme of the Faire, "Lifecycles of the Wild & Endangered," when creating their booths. University of Earth had a beautiful display on the life cycle of the universe (see photo); the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service had a great display of the life cycles of some of our local endangered species (California red-legged frogs, valley elderberry longhorn beetles and California tiger salamanders); and the Progressive Schoolhouse students created life cycle wheels.