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Earth Day celebration April 20

March 25, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The 2002 local Earth Day celebration, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 in the Imperial Valley Expo's Plaza de la Cultura, is actually more of a festival, according to event coordinator Madaleine Macholtz.

"This is the first year we have incorporated the Imperial Valley Bird/Nature Festival into our Earth Day celebration, which means there will be even more fun and interesting things for local residents to see and do," she said.

Presented annually as a means of celebrating our natural resources, and underscoring the importance of conserving them for the future, Macholtz said the theme of this year's Earth Day is "Recycling: It's Good For All Of Us." The recycling theme was selected because of its local relevance, she said.

"Recycling is extremely important in Imperial County, where people are still getting used to the whole process of sorting their household garbage," Macholtz said. "The principle of conservation behind it, though, can be applied more broadly to include every aspect of our lives — and that's what Earth Day is all about."

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In addition to the many interactive displays, demonstrations and children's activities offered free to the public, there will be an assortment of birding/nature tours, with buses departing from and arriving back at the fairgrounds between 6:30 and 11 a.m.

Organized by Marie Barrett of the New River Wetlands Project, eight tours will be offered, each with its own focus on the Imperial Valley's unique natural environment. Destinations include the Salton Sea Wildlife Refuge, Pioneers' Museum and the New River Wetlands Project. Each tour will be led by a local expert, such as noted outdoorsrman Al Kalin and wildlife photographer Jim Kuhn.

For more information about any of the tours, contact Barrett at 353-0465.

For more information about Earth Day 2002 festivities, contact Macholtz at 312-6620.

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