Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Talk About the Walkabout

You'd think that, after all my talk about the Hahamongna Walkabout last Saturday, I'd be showing you pictures of the park. But I've posted many, many, many pictures of Hahamongna Watershed Park and for me, the Walkabout turned out to be about the people.

I led a group of at least 900 wonderful people (okay, maybe 35, but still wonderful) through the old Oak Grove Park area and across the Devil's Gate Dam. We made stops to learn from experts about the park, its history and the critters who live there. The presenters were fascinating and so well-informed we could have spent our whole morning with each of them.

Tim Martinez (above) charmed the crowd with his talk about the different habitats at Hahamongna. Tequila does not grow there (I knew that), but sage does, and when you soak sage in tequila you get a soothing ointment for sore muscles. Tim knew a lot of other cool stuff, but for some reason the tequila sticks in my mind.

Laura Garrett of the Pasadena Audubon Society had 'em riveted as well. She knew everything about the Hahamongna birds and spoke knowledgeably of species after species, playing their calls on the stuffed animals you see in the center of the photo (not dead--plush). How many species of birds live at Hahamongna? A lot! You can see photos of some of them taken by local treasure Denis Callet at his pbase site.

Other presenters included Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation (sponsor of the event) on the scope of the Arroyo Seco, Michele Zack on history and how the Tongva people lived in the Arroyo, Brad Boman from Pasadena Water and Power on water (he took my group under the dam to see the devil!), and our very own Barbara Ellis speaking about the wildlife that thrives at Hahamongna. I was so busy listening to Bellis that I forgot to take her picture! Luckily, Debbi Swanson Patrick of Altadena Above It All was in my group and she got plenty of great shots. She got a good one of Bellis. If you were on my tour, she probably got a good one of you, too.

For a detailed run-down of the day's activities, check out Laura Monteros's informative article on Altadena Patch.

Big thanks to Wilson Lau and Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation for putting it all together. It was a great day.

Okay. I'm not going to talk about Hahamongna now for at least a week, maybe more, at which time I'll remind you about the meeting of the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee on March 22nd at 6pm. You can wait 'til then or you can mark your calendars now.

Update: thanks to countrynmore, here are videos of some of the presenters, posted on Seeds of Change, the blog of the PCC club.

18 comments:

writerphotodeb said...

Great, Petrea. I had such a great time on Saturday I took Kirby (dog pal) on Sunday so he could have fun, too. We saw a cottontail rabbit near the water which excited everyone!

ben wideman said...

I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't make it. Glad to hear it went well!

Bellis said...

Tim did a wonderful job at very short notice. Wish I'd been there to hear what he had to say. After talking to 900 people, I lost my thread and kept rabbiting on about cottontails.

Cafe Pasadena said...

All the presenters were informative. But young master Tim Martinez was clearly the great communicator of the brunch. Is he old enuf to run for city council, or at least Mayor of Pasadena?

Petrea said...

Our Hahamongna cottontails are pretty cute. I can never get close enough to get a good shot. I wonder if there's one among Denis's photos.

Ben, this one was such a success I think there's going to be another one.

Bellis, you were great! Very few people around here know the trails and wildlife like you do.

Petrea said...

Cafe, I don't know Tim's chronological age, but his emotional age is that of a sage.

TheChieftess said...

Glad your day went so well Petrea!!! Kudos to you!!!

Bellis said...

But not a Sage was soaked in tequila.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Chieftess.

Not that I know of, Bellis, but the possibilities are endless.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I would have loved to hear the bird calls via the beanie babies. Maybe next time.

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

such a fun day...

Katie said...

I'm so bummed that I couldn't take this walkabout with you and what sounds like an amazing cast of knowledgeable characters. I do hope to see this area soon though. I'm hankering for a trip South!

altadenahiker said...

Sounds fabulous. I couldn't get out of a tour in another local place, but the Haha walkabout should be a quarterly event.

Petrea said...

Beanie baby bird calls were highly authentic, PA. At least I think so.

It was, Kelly. Perfect weather, too.

Katie, if/when you visit, I'll take you on our own walkabout. We can bring Bellis and she'll be our wildlife expert.

Next time, Hiker. If we do it more often we'll need more volunteers.

countrynmore said...

The walkabout was well done. We recorded Tim Brick, Michelle Zack, and Tim Martinez in case you missed it. My son, who is President of the Pasadena City College Seeds of Change posted the videos on their blog.

http://www.pccseedsofchange.com/

Petrea said...

Thanks for that, countrynmore! I'm going to add the link to the post.

Dina said...

You guys are doing a great job for that special place.

Petrea said...

Dina, these presenters impressed me so much. I added the link to the videos; check them out and just see the dedication in action!