Inaugural California Wildlife Day Lauded by Local Nonprofit CWC

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Volunteers with the California Wildlife Center help nurse a baby squirrel back to its full strength in 2014.

On Monday, the California Wildlife Center marked the first annual California Wildlife Day, after state lawmakers decided to mark the Vernal Equinox as an annual holiday to honor California’s diverse animal inhabitants.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning (D-Carmel) proposed the resolution making each Spring Equinox “California Wildlife Day,” and it unanimously passed the legislature on March 9. This declaration was met with enthusiasm by the nearby California Wildlife Center.

“We think it’s a great excuse to volunteer with a local wildlife group (us here at CWC, the State Parks, Audubon Society, etc),” CWC Executive Director Jennifer Brent said in an email shared with The Malibu Times “It’s also just good to have a day set aside to appreciate how fortunate we are to live in Malibu with its breadth of wildlife.”

According to a written statement from Monning in regards to the resolution, “California has some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world due to our unique and diverse climate and geography,” Senator Monning said. “It makes sense that the state officially recognizes one of our greatest assets – our environment.  California Wildlife Day will help advance the preservation and protection of our ecosystem for future generations through public education about native plants and animals.”