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Beauty & the Beach: California Mission Success

To further their environmental projects, several ambassadors gathered in La Jolla on July 25 to conclude a three-day mission trip in San Diego. The day included a kayaking tour of the La Jolla coast and a Leave No Trace workshop on outdoor ethics, certifying the participants for having completed the training.

The day also included a Sierra Club Seal Society of San Diego talk at the gazebo above the Children’s Pool, during which Seal Society docent Robyn Davidoff provided information to the women about the history of the Children’s Pool beach, the differences between seals and sea lions and the ways the Seal Society has acted to protect them. Davidoff then led the group to Point La Jolla to observe sea lions’ behavior.

During the mission trip, the group worked with San Diego Canyonlands on July 23 to remove 26.5 pounds of invasive brown mustard plants and 16 pounds of trash from Manzanita Canyon in San Diego.

Later that afternoon, the group worked with Friends of Famosa Slough to remove brush to help prevent wildfires in the Point Loma wetland. On July 24, the women worked with members of Friends of Rose Creek and We Clean Trails to remove 1,040 pounds of trash from the Rose Creek bike path, a cleanup that occurs bimonthly.

“It’s a really great thing to highlight this amazing environmental work here in San Diego and La Jolla,” said Marisa Butler.

To qualify for the trip, the women raised money for Beauties for A Cause USA to support environmental projects throughout the year.

Katia Gerry came from Los Angeles for the mission trip. She said she had vacationed in San Diego but wasn’t very aware of the local environmental issues before this visit. She saw a sea lion for the first time during the kayaking tour.

“I’m definitely really excited to hear more about how we can protect them and take that back to my community as well,” Gerry said.

Caroline Nickerson said she enjoys “learning how different environmental groups do things.” Nickerson, who graduated from the University of Florida, said coastal Florida faces similar issues with manatees. “There might be transferable lessons in regard to seasonal protections that we could implement,” Nickerson said.

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