Thursday, February 26, 2009

Whale of a Day

The whales are on the move!
"Whale of a Day" is a festival celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California. Migration viewing takes place December through April along the California South Bay coastline.

Whale of a Day is held annually on the first Saturday of March from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and next year's celebration will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009. The celebration is sponsored jointly by members of Los Serenos de Point Vicente and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The event is held on the main grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West. [MAP] Parking is available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. [MAP]

There are activities for children ~ face painting, children's crafts, chalk drawing, story telling, small children's games ~ all at no charge. There are also exhibits, craft and food vendors and an opportunity drawing. Some of the past participants have included the Tidepool Cruiser from Windows on our Waters, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, Save the Manatee, National Marine Fisheries, Heal the Bay, American Cetacean Society, Whale Watch, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab with their rescued hawks and other raptors, PVP Land Conservancy, California Native Plant Society, Don Gales and Las Candalistas. Tours of the Point Vicente Lighthouse are given by the Coast Guard on a first come, first served basis for ages 7 and older.
Parking is limited at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. There will be a free shuttle from City Hall. We might ride our family bike.

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