When local dairy farmer Jim Kuhn proposed his idea in the mid-1990s to have a bird festival in the Imperial Valley, he wanted the event to be staged annually.
For five years that was the case.
From 1997 through 2001 the Salton Sea International Bird Festival was conducted each February, attracting as many as a 1,000 people from outside the Valley.
That will not be the case in 2002. What was to be the sixth annual bird festival has been canceled.
Kuhn said this morning the committee that has put on the event made the decision in September that it would not be possible to have the festival in 2002.
Kuhn said while there was money to make the event happen, there were not enough volunteers to sustain the festival.
"Local participation was not adequate," Kuhn said, adding, "I am disappointed. I would like to see that resource continue to be tapped."