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The Endangered – Giraffe

By Sebastian Hanson, Youth Manager

Known for their peculiar appearance, Giraffes are the tallest land-based mammals and don orange and brown splotches on their fur. They stand around fourteen to nineteen feet tall and typically weigh about 1800 pounds (female) and 2600 (male). Always seen as a funky animal showcased at the zoo, the Giraffe has been facing survival struggles in recent times. Their population has declined by a shocking forty percent over the past thirty years and continues to face the threat of extinction today.

The Endangered – Beluga Whale

By Alison Stosser, Youth Manager

Whistles, squeals, moos, chirps, and clicks might not be the sounds that you think that a whale could make. However, one whale can make all of those sounds, the Beluga Whale. With their highly carnivorous diet and adorable, unique appearance, Beluga Whales are smart and interactive.

Chevron Invests in Clean Air

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It’s a Family Affair! Chevron employees and their kids at Arbor Day 2016

Tree Musketeers has always been proud to call Chevron its partner, and some recent news makes it even clearer to the outside world why an environmental organization would take such a stand.

The El Segundo refinery has just completed over a $1 billion in projects to enhance environmental performance and safety. Further, Chevron El Segundo earned the title of safest operating refinery in the country upon receiving the 2015 Distinguished Safety Award from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association. But wait, there’s more! Chevron was also honored by the Project Management Institute with the Project of the Year award. Congratulations are justly deserved.

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Chevron Volunteers and Youth Managers plant a tree at the 2009 Arbor Day Celebration

Chevron was Tree Musketeers’ first corporate donor, and has remained one of its most generous financial partners during the intervening 30 years. Beyond the annual donation check and serving on committees, Chevron contributes in-kind goods and services on a meaningful level, and its people are always visible among volunteers at events.

Make a Difference Day 2016 is Right Around the Corner!

MADD logoWe are holding our Fourth Annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 22th, 2016!

Get the flyer here!

TREE MUSKETEERS’ Youth Managers will start up the activities at 9:30am, form the teams, gather supplies and lead their groups out to the median.

Purple Team stands by their contribution to the Community Clean-Up

A big thank you to our sponsor Chevron and we look forward to seeing you October 22th!

 

Another Memory Tree Adoption Ceremony in the Books!

On August 20th, we held our Annual Memory Tree Adoption. We welcomed Wpromote, Jean Chandler, and Nora Gornov as our newest Memory Tree Guardians. We also helped celebrate their loved ones and events as part of the adoption ceremony, and showed them how to care for their new tree friends to help them thrive long into the future.

The tree planting season is just around the corner so if you are interested in planting or adopting a Memory Tree in honor of your loved one or event, please reserve your slot for our first planting of the season on November 19th. Email us at Trees@TreeMusketeers.org for more info or visit our Memory Tree planting page here.

Youth Manager becomes Alcoa Scholar

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Gail Church, Tree Musketeers Executive Director and Fernando Aguilar, Youth Manager at El Segundo City Council Meeting

In 2012, Fernando Aguilar came to El Segundo looking for an opportunity to be a leader in the South Bay Community. He came across Tree Musketeers, and after seeing that young people were in leadership positions here, implementing environmental programs, he decided he wanted to get involved. After volunteering at a few tree care events Fernando discovered our LEAD Courses (Leadership Education and Action Development) – including the Youth Manager Series, Public Speaking and Youth Planting Supervisor classes – and enrolled.

During the LEAD Courses Fernando learned people, personal and management skills. He then participated in the Public Speaking class, taught by Toastmaster International member and long time Tree Musketeers Adult Partner Catherine Magruder. He even delivered an inspiring speech on the loss of gorilla habitat in the wild and what we can do to help during the Annual LEAD Graduation Ceremony.

“Tree Musketeers’ LEAD courses gave me the confidence to speak to people about anything, whether it be politics or business. To give a speech in front of City Council is a feeling that will really stick with you.”

It turns out that Fernando has had quite the busy schedule during his time with us. He has been involved in Kiwin’s since 2008 and Boy Scouts since he was 13-years-old. Once he completed his LEAD courses, he was invited to join our Youth Management Team in Fall of 2014 and is now in charge of running the day-to-day activities of the organization along with five other Youth Managers.

“Being a Youth Manager has given me a chance to lead people, big, small and of all ages,” he adds.

Last year Fernando decided to apply to be an Alcoa Scholar at NatureBridge, a program that fosters within it’s participants a sense of place, interconnections and stewardship in nature. We were ecstatic to learn that out of thousands of applicants, Fernando was one of only a hundred accepted Scholars for the Summer 2016 Program. He spent the majority of his time in the program in Shenandoah National Park and below are a couple moments from his trip.

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Alcoa Scholars Summer 2016, ready for a hike!
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Lincoln Memorial
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A stream in Shenandoah National Park
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Fernando & classmate give water quality presentation
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A waterfall retreat!

 

LEAD Courses have commenced for the summer and we are looking forward to seeing what future graduates will accomplish. Want to attend our LEAD speech contest and graduation on August 15th? Check out our calendar for more info.

Did you miss Earth Day?

Did you miss our 2016 Earth Day event? Do not fret! Check out our event gallery below and sign up for future volunteer opportunities with Tree Musketeers!

View our Volunteer Calendar for upcoming event dates and details. Are you a large community or corporate group? Give us a call at (310) 322-0263 and ask for our Volunteer Manager, Charming, or send her an email at volunteers@treemusketeers.org!


The Endangered – Leatherback Turtle

The largest sea turtle that we know of is called the Leatherback Turtle, and it also migrates the most, as we see in Finding Nemo! When the Leatherback Turtle migrates, it crosses the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans going from the coral Triangle all the way to the California coast. According to the IUCN, the Leatherback Turtle is listed as vulnerable, but many sub-populations are critically endangered.