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A Day in the Life of a Volunteer Naturalist by Gary Flanders

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After my morning ablutions and a mostly nutritious breakfast, I pull on my forest green shirt with the tan embroidered script that says Southern California Mountains Foundation Volunteer.  My ensemble is capped off with a pair of tan cargo pants that has more pockets then anyone would ever have a need for.  Hiking boots on, I head out the door for the short drive over to the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve.  Today I will be part of the volunteer crew leading wildflower tours into the amazing Pebble Plain.  When we arrive at the green building on Hwy 18, we open the windows, put out the flag and the “Open” signs and wait for the arriving visitors. Today my group consists of a young couple with twin daughters, probably 9 or 10, from Huntington Beach; a newly married couple from LA; a science teacher and her husband from Orange County; two women…
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