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A wild afternoon

By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 24th, 2006 at 12:00 pm in Seasons, Spring, Wildlife.

Lois and I had a great time at the Orinda School District’s 5th Annual Wildlife Festival on Sunday. The Festival was held at the District’s Nature Area next to Wagner Ranch Elementary School. It was a beautiful, breezy (but warm) afternoon and the air was filled with sweet spring smells as whole families of parents and children came pouring out of their homes to enjoy the activities.

Native Birds Connections brought some of their beautiful birds of prey, Wild Birds Unlimited had displays, Malcolm Margolin was there to chat and sell (or give away, you know Malcolm!) books from Heyday Books in Berkeley, there were local Native American dancing and drumming performances, and the district’s 4th and 5th grade student band(s) serenaded us with some great music. And MANY thanks, of course, to Orinda School District Naturalist Toris Jaeger for creating it, pulling it all together, and making it work (as always). She’s the best. (The district Nature Area is truly a treasure. What a special, natural place to teach the young people about the world that swirls and grows around them! Truly unique.)

I just sat at my table or wandered around checking our Brian Murphy’s new bumble bee nest boxes, and chatted with visitors and answered their animal questions.

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon: enjoying the fresh spring weather, talking with nice people, and holding hands with my wife. That’s as good as it gets.

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