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Endangered Species Day 2009 - May 13th and 14th

 

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On May 13th and 14th, the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), in conjunction with Environmental Programs Department (EPD), held its fourth annual outreach program to commemorate the signing of the Endangered Species Act.

Over 200 students from the Riverside Unified School District were transported from their schools to Riverside’s Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park to participate in the activities that supported the theme of “Where Our World and the Natural World Meet.”

Dr. Michael Glassey provided an up-close experience with Drumstick, a rescued barn owl, and Orion, a red-tailed hawk. He also shared a variety of snakes, insects, and even a desert tortoise.

Students had the opportunity to experience the event that included three interactive educational stations along the trail that extends up the hill into the Park.

The experience was best summed up by one of the teachers from Highland Elementary when she said, “The kids had a great time and came away with a lot of information about the animals, insects and spiders that live in their community. They also learned about endangered animals and what we can do as a people to help save our endangered species. I am hoping that this will instill in my students a sense of ecology and caring for their world.”
 
 
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