This year was the first L.A Urban Festival at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. In this festival, we celebrate the rich biodiversity within the large city. Many nature programs, organizations, and naturalists were there such as the L.A Zoo, the Cal and State Parks, California Native Plant Society, and us, the LA Audubon. My team, Brian Young, and former Environment for the Americas intern, Carlos Jauregui, and I represented LA Audubon and engaged the public about the work we do that includes habitat restoration, bird conservation, and education.
We had nearly 400 visitors within two days so it was great to talk and teach so many people about how we can help nature in the city. We had our “Kill Your Lawn” comics and talked about habitat restoration and having native gardens at home. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) were a couple tables down from us and they were promoting rebates to remove home lawns. That way people got our comic about the method to remove the lawn and what to plant; and, they would be able to save money with the rebate program offered by the LADWP.
We also talked about bird conservation by providing information about the federally endangered species, the California Least Tern, and the federally threatened species, the Snowy Plover. We had brochures with information and facts about the Snowy Plovers and ways we can help protect them.
This was a very fun event and I’m so glad that not only did I engage the public about LA Audubon and Environment for the Americas work, but got to learn of other urban nature programs in the city. During my break, I got to talk to the people of the California Native Plant Society, LA Compost, and the Los Angeles Mycological Society aka the fungus club which I joined! I also got free zucchinis, carrots, and string peas seeds from local farms to plant in my future vegetable garden. I loved the LA Urban Fest and if I don’t get to table again in future festivals, I will still come as a participant and I highly recommend all LA residents to check out this cool and fun educational event when it comes around again.