Pennies for the Planet

Local kids help protect a threatened shore bird!

Camouflaged shorebirds along California’s coast need our help. So do the coastal marshes of Louisiana and wetland habitat near the Gulf Coast of Florida. So what are school kids across the country doing to help? Joining TogetherGreen’s Pennies for the Planet campaign!

Pennies for the Planet is a successful nationwide campaign to help critical conservation projects. It’s powered by kids collecting pennies (and nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars, too!) to help save wild places and wildlife in the United States. Working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, with their families, and on their own, kids have turned pennies into a gold mine for wild spaces and wild species needing protection. By raising thousands of dollars for conservation, kids have proven that they care about making the planet cleaner, greener, and wilder. 

Snowy Plover Chick, Photo by Callie Bowdish

Snowy Plover Chick, Photo by Callie Bowdish

Los Angeles Audubon won a 2010, $4,000 grant from the Pennies for the Planet campaign to protect habitat of the threatened Snowy Plover on beaches in Los Angeles County!  The grant will fund an art contest that will engage two inner city Los Angeles elementary schools in the creation of signs that ask beachgoers to share the shore with wildlife!  Students from Leo Politi and Weemes Elementary Schools will learn about the Snowy Plover’s life cycle, behavior, history and habitats, visit Snowy Plovers at Malibu Lagoon, and receive science illustration instruction from Los Angeles Audubon’s Director of Interpretation, Stacey Vigallon!  Students will draw signs alerting people to the plight of the Snowy Plover and asking them to stay out of fenced-off areas on our beaches.  The culmination for this activity will be an exhibit of the signs at Leo Politi Elementary School on Friday, May 21st, 2010!  On that evening, ten signs will be selected to be made into signs and hung at Snowy Plover enclosures on beaches in Los Angeles County.

Plovers feeding on kelp, Photo by Callie Bowdish.

Plovers feeding on kelp, Photo by Callie Bowdish

Save the date (May 21st, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and join in the fun at Leo Politi Elementary as these kids display their art work and impart new-found knowledge of and enthusiasm for some of the cutest creatures on the face of the earth! While you are there, visit Leo Politi’s new school yard habitat and ask any Leo Politi student about the birds that now call that habitat home!

Running Plover Chicks, Photo by Callie Bowdish

Running Plover Chicks, Photo by Callie Bowdish

For more info or how you can become involved, contact Los Angeles Audubon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.