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Parks Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Program works to maintain and interpret over 39,000 acres of parkland and open space throughout the county in collaboration with several nonprofit support groups. Their volunteer opportunities are listed on the Orange County Wild web site (http://www.ocwild.org/Files/volFlyerOC.pdf).

Some of our local restoration efforts have been managed for the benefit of individual endangered species. These include the Endangered Species Habitat Restoration Day at the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, for the benefit of Belding’s Savannah sparrow and the California least tern and organized by the Aquarium of the Pacific (http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/). A habitat restoration program by the Beach Bluffs Restoration Project in Redondo Beach, California, was successful beyond expectations in bringing back the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly to its native habitat from which it had been missing for decades (USA Today, 2007).

Organizations Engaging the Public

Orange County is home to an amazing number of organizations and chapters of national organizations concerned with conservation of groups of animals or plants, or preservation of individual natural areas. They are too numerous to list here, but can be found on the Orange County Directory and Search Engine @OC (http://www.at-oc.com/community/environment.htm).



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