We had a great time at the Endangered Species Faire in Chico, particularly in the Parade of the Species, which featured some of the students who participated in our education program. In our (only slightly biased) opinion, the truly giant Mekong Giant Catfish puppet was the star of the parade, and received lots of cheers as it swam its way along the parade route with the help of some young volunteers. Other students carried brightly colored golden carp and giant catfish from the Mekong River alongside Chinook salmon puppets from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers – we thought it truly captured the cross-cultural essence of the Three Rivers Education Program.
The parade culminated in all students singing about the importance of protecting our animal friends with “feathers, fur, or fins.” We were happy to see that “fins” were well represented in this year’s parade thanks to the great classes we worked with. You can see more Endangered Species Faire photos here, and enjoy this highlight video of the fish puppets coming to life!