Despite my best efforts, educating myself, and picking up nipples, bottles, and kitten formula, my kitten died early this morning. I watched her fade all day yesterday, and knew she would not survive. I held her and stroked her until the end, around 2 am this morning. When she never had a chance to suckle her mom, her chances were slim, to begin with. I already miss the sound of her meowing.
On another front, it looks like there is a movement underway, at least on the North Coast, to formulate a Community Wildlife Protection Plan. Pelican Network sent out an announcement yesterday. This is what Jack said, for those not on his email list:
“With Don McQueen, owner of Big Sur Campground and Cabins, we [Pelican Network] will propose a process for developing a community-based fire management plan for Big Sur. Our direction will involve species protection (redwoods, for example) and fire ecology. The U.S. Forest Service Los Padres Ranger District now appropriates fifty per cent of its annual budget for “fire suppression.” But none for fire prevention. It has become, largely, a fire fighting agency. We will try to direct the process to prevention.”
As this takes shape, I will keep you notified.
Also a reminder about the Neighbor helping Neighbor Big Sur Gala fund-raising event next Saturday.
Saturday August 9th, 6:00 p.m.
The Monterey Conference Center
With Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor
Scot McKay & CVAC
Live Entertainment from Big Sur’s Finest – Coordinated by Jayson Fann
A Delectable Multi-Course Dinner from Big Sur’s Best Chefs – Deetjens, Cielo, Sierra Mar, Nepenthe, The Big Sur Bakery, Esalen, Highlands Inn, River Inn
A Special Salute to the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
Silent Auction – Featuring Big Sur Arts Initiative Artist Originals, Kodiak Greenwood Photography, Vacation Getaways, and more
Live Auction Including:
• A Bentley Continental GT Coupe for a Weekend
• Tickets to Pebble Beach Food & Wine
• $2500 Gift Certificate to Pacific Tweed
Supervisor Dave Potter, David Bernahl, Tom Fichera, Robert Weakley
Tickets available online. The link is posted at surfire2008.org
Sounds like a great time for a good cause!
Final thought, I did go to the Gallery opening last night, and it was nice to see my photos displayed. I will post photographs of some of the exhibit at a later time. Some really phenomenal shots by the pros. One can certainly tell the pros from the amateurs. 😉