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Barstow celebrates Earth Day

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The City of Barstow held its Earth Day Celebration at the Barstow Discovery Center this past weekend. Residents of the city and surrounding areas were treated to exhibits and demonstrations that included solar cooking, recycling, backyard composting, sustainable living, desert animals and upcycling.

What is upcycling? If you were not able to attend you may not know. Upcyling is recycling useless material and waste with the purpose to create a new product that is of higher quality or higher environmental value.

One of the most popular attractions at the event was the baby tortoise. Mojave Desert tortoises are protected. It is illegal to disturb or capture them in the wild but adoption programs are available to help those already in captivity. Wild tortoise populations have been reduced by up to 90 percent in recent decades.

The Barstow Humane Society was on hand with some adorable dogs as part of its “Adopt a Pet” program. Several found their “furever” homes during the event.

Organizers were pleased with the turnout and those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves. To learn about other events sponsored by the City of Barstow, “like” their Facebook page and check it often. You can also follow city happenings on Twitter @CityofBarstow.

Desert Rose
Desert Rose Kenneth Dowell

Desert Rose

"Desert Rose" is a 100 percent natural fire starter using the wood of natural trees in place of conventional methods such as lighter fluid and charcoal.  It is created from naturally fallen trees from local residences.  It can be used for camping, barbeques, and even wood burning fireplaces.

Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve Kenneth Dowell

Mojave National Preserve

Dora McKeever displays some of the natural beauty and history with her display from the Mojave National Preserve.  With so many great sites, hiking trails, and even local events her booth, displayed the wonder of the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas.

Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking Kenneth Dowell

Solar Cooking

Solar Cooking is a "bright" idea.  An eco-friendly solution for outdoor cooking, this booth displayed some delicious gourmet food made by harnessing the power of the sun.

Adopt A Pet
Adopt A Pet Kenneth Dowell

Adopt A Pet

The Barstow Humane Society held a pet adoption event at the Earth Day Celebration.  In a sense, these pets are being recycled.  Once tossed away by uncaring owners, they now have a new purpose in life providing love and companionship to their humans.

Solar Power
Solar Power Kenneth Dowell

Solar Power

Barstow Community College's own engineering department was on hand displaying some renewable resource technology.  From a solar powered RC car to a small wind turbine generator, this booth offer some great information about harnessing the Earth's natural energies.

A baby tortoise
A baby tortoise Kenneth Dowell

A baby tortoise

BLM Park Ranger Arthur Basulto holds a baby desert tortoise.  Also at this booth was a California King Snake, Monarch butterflies and many other critters that live in the desert's harsh environment.

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