Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give back by volunteering for an improvement project in a state park near you

Half Moon Bay State Beach, California
California State Park Foundation’s Park Champions Program holds volunteer work days in state parks across California. This program was created in response to the unprecedented budget cuts that California State Parks face right now.

In partnership with California State Parks, Park Champions provide consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the areas of park maintenance and beautification.

Park Champions projects improve the quality, safety and preservation of our state parks. Projects in the past year have included trail repair, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, the rehabilitation of an historic orchard, fence construction, bridge construction, and re-painting park structures.

If you enjoy volunteering outdoors, want to work with a fun group of people, and you want to make a difference in our state parks, then become a Park Champion and join us for the next work day happening near you!

You can find out about upcoming work days and how to sign up for a work day on the Foundation's website.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Seal pup snatched from California beach found inside RV

A family vacationing with their motorhome were seen snatching a harbor seal pup from a beach in Carmel, California and driving off.

Two volunteers of the Marine Mammal Center in Monterey tracked down the motorhome and found the pup in a laundry basket. The couple in the motorhome quickly drove off after turning over the pup to the volunteers, who explained to them that it would have been best to leave the pup on the beach.

Mother seals often leave their pups on shore while they fish for food, so what may appear to be a deserted pup should be left alone.

The RV couple never did explain why they snatched the pup, that is now recovering from its episode at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

"They're so darn cute that people feel compelled to do something to take care of this animal," said Jeff Boehm, Executive Director of the center. "Unbeknownst to them, that animal doesn't need any care from them whatsoever. So we're consistently trying to get the message out - leave seals be."