Book by San Diego students celebrates local species

nce again children throughout San Diego county have produced a charming collection of essays, poems and drawings about local native plants and animals. Special Species by California Kids is a new, 80-page volume completely created by children that describes 50 species of plants and animals - from bats, bobcats and bighorn sheep to whales, wrens and yuccas. The project started in San Diego County and is now operating statewide.
Now in its fourth year, the Special Species project teams classrooms with nature-based organizations and businesses that help the kids do their research before they prepare their written and artistic works for publication.
Advisors for the new fourth edition include the National Audubon Society, the California Native Plant Society, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum, the San Diego Zoo, the Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Miramar Naval Air Station, the San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, Sea World's Hubbs Institute, Project Wildlife and the San Diego Environments Project.
The project relies on book sales to raise funds to underwrite future editions. The Nature Company has agreed to carry Special Species books in all of its locations statewide, with half of the $14.95 price going directly to the project. Any nature-based organization or business wishing to sell boks to help raise funds is invited to call the Special Species project at 1-800-ESTUARY. At a wholesale price of $7, the sales benefit the project and the business or organization.
The project was founded by Barbara "Ms. B" Moran, a professional science, nature and environmental writer. The project was designed to teach children about careers and responsible earth stewardship and has received awards including the KGTV-10 Leadership Award, the Newsweek/Amway Environmental Class Act Award and the Sierra Club Activist Award.
For information on how to get involved as an advisor, teacher, retailer or to buy books directly from the project, call the number above or write to: Ms. B, P.O. Box 3356, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.