Next, I visited the Northern Arizona Audubon Society's booth which was manned by Zackery Zdinak. This booth had many illustrations about how water from the San Francisco Peaks seeps into the desert. He was very busy describing to many visitors at the booth restorations going on at Page Springs. More information is available at www.northernarizonaaudobon.org Zachery is an amazing illustrator and has a website www.lifedraw.com
I also spoke with Layne Brandt and Gram Slimp-Holland of CREC (Coconino Rural Environment Corps). They demonstrated with their impressive 24 by 24 inch waterproof topographical map-table of the Verde Valley, what happens when thousands of visitors come and use the parks. Layne and Zack say trash and pet waste, if not properly disposed of, creates an increase in the E. Coli in Oak Creek. By pouring water over the map-table they can illustrate to visitors how rain and monsoons carry the trash and pet waste into our rivers. They set up their educational table frequently in the park system in hopes of keeping our parks cleaner and safer. Meanwhile Gram had a special visit from a Praying Mantis.
Ranger L. Luedeker from Arizona Game and Fish Department was also a wellspring of knowledge on animals in the park systems. He described his vocation as a resolver of human and wildlife conflicts. Ranger Luedeker's eco-fair "booth/display table" was a cage large enough to capture a Cougar, Coyote, or Pronghorned Antelope.
Many of the activists from the CREC that were there for the day had other booths set up as well, yet, I was not able to visit all of them. Overall there was a vibrant energy at this eventl because the people of these organisations seem eager to fill our community with fresh energy and determination to problem-solve with us.