My name is Danielle Furuichi and I am the new Programs Coordinator at Heal the Bay. It makes me so happy to see your commitment and enthusiasm for protecting and advocating
for the ocean. I met some of you at our Chasing Coral event, and I am looking forward to working with all of you on your projects and sharing your passion for the environment!
A little bit about me: Growing up near the beach, I have always loved the ocean and been fascinated by all of its inhabitants. I always spent my weekends at the beach, and I missed the ocean like crazy while I went to school in the Midwest. After graduating from Indiana University in 2016, I traveled all around Europe and then finally returned home to Los Angeles. I became a teacher and began volunteering at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. From there, I connected with Heal the Bay, and I could not be more excited to work with all of you! On the weekends, you can catch me rock climbing, hiking, and surfing–or at least attempting to surf.
This Saturday (4/28) is the City Nature Challenge: Malibu Lagoon Bioblitz!! The City Nature Challenge is all about competing with other major cities to see who can make the most observations of nature and find the most species. This is an awesome chance to meet people, learn about our environment, AND earn Club Drops! You can register and learn more about this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-nature-challenge-2018-malibu-lagoon-bioblitz-tickets-44574529618
– Danielle (:
Marlborough and Loyola’s Heal the Bay clubs teamed up to adopt Dockweiler Beach at Imperial Highway on March 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Our first cleanup day was on a rainy day, but we pushed through and picked up as much trash as we could. As expected, we mostly found plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. Our second day and third days were warm and dry, and we got a lot more done as shown in our data. We experienced the similar trend of picking up a host of plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. We even found a dead chicken and multiple scattered bones! However, we also saw bundles of feathers tangled up in nets or other trash, showing us trash’s danger to wildlife.
What upset our members the most was the amount of styrofoam we found. Although we picked up hundreds of items such as plastic pieces and plastic wrappers, styrofoam pieces by far exceeded any other item! The styrofoam we found ranged from the tiniest of pieces to bowls and large fast-food cups. We had a grand total of 1,369 styrofoam pieces! It was also disturbing how many cigarette butts we found, and didn’t expect to find so many. At the end of all of our cleanups, we had found a total of 271 cigarette butts.
We are so grateful for our club members, who woke up early to help make Dockweiler a cleaner place! Because they put in the time and effort, they feel that adopting Dockweiler Beach was a rewarding experience and made them want to take future action in further protecting our beaches!
(PS from Halina: Be sure to check out their graph that they created from Heal the Bay’s Marine Debris Database in the slideshow! The graph sums up all the trash types they accumulated over their three cleanups.)