When the organizers of the Salton Sea International Bird Festival decided they could not hold the event this year because of a lack of volunteer help, it was sad news because the festival had become a tradition in the Imperial Valley for the five years is was staged annually.
The organizers said they wanted to use this year as a building year so that the festival might return in 2003. It was difficult to see such an important event for the Valley come to a stop, even if it was only a temporary stop.
Now the coordinators of the New River wetlands project have come forward with a new event — a spin-off of the international bird festival, sort of an abbreviated version of it. On April 20 those with the wetlands project together with the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program and with support from the organizers of the international bird festival will conduct a bird and nature event in conjunction with Earth Day festivities.