Volunteers clean beach, protect birds in H.B.
Volunteers clean beach, protect birds
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Volunteers from all over Los Angeles and Orange counties turned out to help keep Huntington State Beach clean Saturday. The clean-up included nearly 1,200 participants who gave their time to give back to the community by picking up trash, removing weeds and helping out the wildlife.
Daniel Cavender, a 13-year-old from Garden Grove, was one of the many helping to do his part by fixing a fence for the Least tern nesting sanctuary. Least terns are a rare and endangered species that come to the beach to nest and lay their eggs between April and September.
"I've been working for an hour or so to fix the holes in the netting to keep the birds from getting harmed," Cavender said. "I'm with some of my Boy Scout troop, getting community-service hours in."
The fence, which surrounds the Least tern nesting sanctuary, is used to help keep newborn chicks in while keeping predators like coyotes out. Cavender, along with dozens of other volunteers, were responsible for digging a 1-foot deep trench along the border of the fence and replacing the old netting to ensure the safety of the birds.
The beach clean-up day is part of the Preserve Our Parks Campaign sponsored by Coca-Cola and Stater Bros. Supermarkets. Since its start in 2009, the campaign has raised close to $2 million, Meg Aldrich, a campaign public-relations representative said.
"Our goal this year is to raise $1 million," Aldrich said. The effort raised more than $700,000 last year, she said.
Funds raised through the campaign are used for a variety of projects including reforestation, beach clean-up, maintenance and recycling. All of the funds are used to benefit Southern California state parks.
Jacob Ramirez, 17, and his brother Ben Ramirez, 20, are from Carlsbad and are regulars when it comes to volunteering.
"We've done a lot of community service at parks and beaches in San Diego," Ben Ramirez said. "My dad knew about the Huntington State Beach clean-up and we wanted to come and help out."
Kaluna Mahi, a 34-year-old maintenance worker for the park, loved the huge turnout.
"This is typically work that maintenance (workers) do," Kaluna said. "We're getting a lot of extra help today."
Volunteers could also participate in making rain barrels, which capture rainwater that can be reused, Coca-Cola spokeswoman Nancy Limon said.
The rain barrels were made from recycled syrup drums provided by Coca-Cola, Limon said. Coca-Cola has donated more than 22,000 syrup drums to be used as rain barrels in the United States since 2008.
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