My family has been long standing in helping take care of the environment, being active in beach cleanups above and below the water. This year marks my 22 year volunteering at the Avalon Harbor Cleanup!
What you may NOT have known is that I used to volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in San Pedro. I worked every week, trying to help rehabilitate California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals and Northern Fur Seals. Our teams payment was to see the animals that we cared for (sometimes 24 hours) be released back into the ocean fully healed.
Next door to the Marine Mammal Center is the International Bird Rescue where they take in any injured bird. Up until last week, I had not had a chance to step foot inside although I had dropped off several birds to be rescued.
I was invited to a special event on World Animal Day to experience the ins and outs of the Intl. Bird Center with a couple special guests.
Are you a Pretty Little Liars Fan? Entourage? We were joined up with animal activist/actors, Keegan Allen and Adrian Grenier! Did you know they are passionate about helping wildlife? They wanted to get hands on experience with some of the injured animals and be a part of that days successful releases.
There were tests done in 1990, 2000 and 2005 and Dawn was found to work the best every time! In fact, Dawn donates the miracle liquid on an emergency request basis to do their part in helping cleanup the environment!
|Photo Credits: © International Bird Rescue|
A partner of the International Bird Rescue, the Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito, doubles as a animal hospital and education center that teaches over 100,000 children and adults about the importance of the animals and the oceans health! Over 1000 volunteers make this happen annually since 1975. If you want to learn more about the Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito, check out their website.
If you want to have a virtual Dawn animal rescuing experience, check out the good they do here. They have helped over 75,000 animals in the 30 years they have been in the United States, working with the International Bird Rescue and the Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito.
Help do your part in keeping our oceans clean. Even if you are unable to volunteer at a rescue, you can do your part by trying some of these ideas:
- When you see trash, pick it up(most trash on the streets end up in the gutter going to the ocean)
- Cut the plastic rings on soda cans to avoid animals being entangled
- Dispose of fishing line and hooks properly
- Recycle motor oil at your local auto-parts store instead of pouring it down the gutter
- Get involved in beach/park/community cleanups(no one wants to look at trash)
- Use re-usable bags for groceries and everyday shopping
- Get your children involved. Teach them to love the environment so it will still be there for them and their children's children