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  • As I walked on the beach this lone bird standing near a "Motorized Vehicles Prohibited" sign made me think about the variety of problems wildlife encounter and how hard it is for them to avoid human activities on public beaches.

    Humans that visit public beaches and shorelines often do not notice or ignore signs. People walking into the grass or sand dunes do not think about how they can disturb nesting areas and are in effect trespassing.

    Respectfully staying within boundaries at the beach or at any public (or private) land is the same as the respect people need to offer each other in life. As with this bird I tried to NOT scare her away while watching her go about her business.

    My job as a sustainability specialist for parks, has often allowed me to help groups with events to pick up litter (glass, paper, plastic, and other trash) that are hazardous to wildlife and people alike. Leaving wildlife at the beach undisturbed is important - giving mammals, birds, and other wildlife plenty of space is our job to think about.

    Dogs, cars, bikes, noisy aggressive humans can kill, hurt and/or traumatize wildlife. People of all ages need to open up their awareness to what is around us/them ... be it a sign saying not to drive on this portion of the beach or a large groups of gulls sleeping, or a marine animal resting on the shoreline. leave them alone.

    I have lived in Washington State for over 30 years – and visit the beach often. My visit this week on a Tuesday (after the holiday was over) was quiet and the beach was clean! People were carful with the land. I was grateful and enjoyed a walk and a nap! However, on visit in the past (often around the 4th holiday) I have witnessed some very bad behavior from people of all ages that are reckless and disrespect of the land, wildlife and others on the beach.

    June is starting this week and a month later July 4th across the USA will be a time to think about how others react to and feel about your ways of celebration!

    The Grass Roots Garbage Gang are a group of locals that work to clean up the South beaches on WA State. They have info. about many great sources on these links below and can help you to learn and see what you can do also.

    The GrassRoots Garbage Gang site have links to many resources.

    GrassRoots Garbage Gang

    GrassRoots Gang FB
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