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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Lauren Bon, Metabolic Studio Webinar on Post-Human Infrastructure, by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

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Lauren Bon of Metabolic Studio is an environmental artist in Los Angeles, California. She gave a really good one hour presentation about our influence on the environment and Mother Earth. She also talked about her various projects in Los Angeles such as "Not A Cornfield," "100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct" and her current project "Bending the River Back into the City." I visited the "Not A Cornfield" project as I used to jog around that park. Later in the project someone brought goats to maintain the cornfield. They were gated into a specific area to clear the brush. 

Below are just a few slides from Lauren Bon's presentation. The presentation was recorded. I'll post a link to the video when it's available. You really need to see the entire presentation and listen to what Bon stated about our responsibility to the environment and our world. She also talked about what she, her colleagues and her team have done to try to compensate for the destruction caused by humans. Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio have been friends to the environment and native wildlife for many, many years. We met employees of the studio around 2010 when they found orphaned squirrels which we picked up then released back to the wild when they were able.

Bon stated we need to be more like plants and photosynthesis. Plants give and take. We humans take more than we give back. 

She said one good thing about the pandemic lock down was being able to have video meetings with colleagues to be able to talk about these important issues. She posted part of a conversation with Newton Harrison. She said some of the slides about the Great Lakes came from Harrison and his wife. 

She sang a song of forgiveness to the buffalo for the destruction caused by humans. I feel the same way about all the death and destruction we humans have inflicted on this earth. We have destroyed so many animals and their habitat. That is why we rescue ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back to the wild. 99% of these animals were harmed by humans and our development. 

She stated "artists need to create on the same scale as society has the capacity to destroy." Agreed. Sadly I feel human's destruction is at such a scale that it's impossible to keep up. Just look at global warming. 

She did the case study "100 mules walking the Los Angeles aqueduct" for almost a month. She shared the trailer for the film. There are 240 miles of LA River. It was a four minute trailer from November 2013. Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEzyvt7vQEE

Her case study 1 was "Not A Cornfield" on 32 acres. She stated "Bending the River" will deliver some of the LA River water to that site. 

Bon has been transforming part of the LA River. She's included some performative actions which she says are optional. She showed video of edgy roller skaters with some cool music. 

She posted photos of wildlife at the LA River site including a cottontail, crow and a coyote. My comment, coyotes use the LA River to travel all over LA. It's LA's wildlife highway. 

Lauren Bon owns the private water rights at Metabolic Studios on the LA River. She wants to make it non private because she feels water should not be privately owned. Wish I'd thought about buying land with LA River water rights 20 years ago. Would have been a great place for our wildlife sanctuary and a way to conserve the river and environment. 

She said it's the responsibility of artists to be part of the web of life. 

She thanked everyone at Metabolic Studios and the school. Below are a few slides. 


















"Lauren Bon is an environmental artist from Los Angeles. Her practice, Metabolic Studio, explores self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems of exchange that feed emergent properties that regenerate the life web. Some of her works include: Not A Cornfield, which transformed and revived an industrial brownfield in downtown Los Angeles into a 32-acre cornfield for one agricultural cycle; 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a 240-mile performative action that aimed to reconnect the city of Los Angeles with the source of its water for the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Her studio’s current work, Bending the River Back into the City, aims to utilize Los Angeles’s first private water right to deliver 106-acre feet of water annually from the LA River to over 50 acres of land in the historic core of downtown LA. This model can be replicated to regenerate the 52-mile LA River, reconnect it to its floodplain, and form a citizens’ utility. Lauren Bon is the 2021-2022 Mitchell Visiting Professor in SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.

This lecture is supported by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series in SAIC's Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects."


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Monday, April 25, 2022

Animal Advocates nominee for Nonprofit of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal Citizenship Award


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is pleased to announce that it was selected as a nominee in Los Angeles Business Journal's 2022 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards in the category of Nonprofit of the Year and Most Innovative Awareness Campaign  Award Category. The event honors the contributions of the non-profit community along with the corporate citizens and businesses that support them.

“This is an extraordinary honor for Animal Advocates, and its leadership, and we couldn’t be prouder of the important work and diligent effort our organization has put in these past 20 years for our Los Angeles community,” said Mary Cummins, President of Animal Advocates.

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards honor the contributions of the nonprofit community along with the citizens and businesses that support them.  The award looks to highlight the tireless work of nonprofit leaders, teams, and programs, alongside the efforts of individuals and companies who donate their time, funds, and efforts to improve the Los Angeles communities they serve.

Message from Los Angeles Business Journal.

"With all that is going on in the world, corporate philanthropy – and the spirit of generosity in general – play an even more important societal role than ever.

There are many important and meaningful organizations right here in Los Angeles County doing incredibly important work and we have taken the opportunity to thank and celebrate some of the very best of them with our Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards.

Held on April 20th, this free virtual event gave us a chance to shine a spotlight on the impactful and often heroic work performed by the nonprofit organizations, philanthropic companies, and individual leaders, volunteers and donors in the Greater Los Angeles community. These are the people and organizations that have made a difference.

The award honorees and finalists are all detailed in these pages, and as you’ll see, it is an incredibly inspiring class. From the tireless work of nonprofit leaders, teams and programs, to the efforts of individuals and companies who donate their time, funds, and efforts to improve the communities they serve – it was truly a pleasure to pay tribute to this unique Community of Business™.

Another highlight of the event was a fascinating keynote presentation by Alex Wilson, co-founder of the Giving Block; and a spirited and insightful panel discussion bringing together some of Los Angeles’ most insightful nonprofit decisionmakers.

Thanks are due to our section sponsors who make this volume possible and many thanks to you, our readers who have taken the time to consider the needs of your community." - Josh Schimmels






Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Chuck Bonham, Charlton Bomham, Director California Department Fish & Wildlife, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates


Chuck Bonham, Charlton Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, speaking at the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing groundbreaking event by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates. 

"How y'all doing? (applause) Okay, so it's a big complicated project. It has science, it has law, it's got economics, engineering, inevitably, it has politics. Not a lick of that matters today. On a day like today it's the human spirit, it's your soul, it's your heart, it's your insurmountable imagination and fortitude to make California better. So, on behalf of the Department of Fish & Wildlife, your Department of Fish & Wildlife, as Director the joy makes you want to cry. I'm so damn happy we're here getting this project done. And I'd like to give, hear from you a big hallelujah and amen!" (hallelujah, amen!) Transcription by Mary Cummins.

About Chuck Bonham

"Charlton “Chuck” Bonham was appointed as Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, effective September 6, 2011. Prior to his appointment as Director of Fish and Wildlife, Mr. Bonham served in a number of roles for Trout Unlimited over ten years, including since 2004 as the organization’s California director.

Mr. Bonham was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing TU's programs in California. These programs include the California Water Project, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, and restoration and watershed projects in both northern and Southern California. In addition, Mr. Bonham was a senior attorney for the organization.

Mr. Bonham also served on the Board of Directors of the Delta Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve, sustain and enhance the cultural, agricultural, recreational, wildlife and natural habitat resources of the River Delta region, as well as develop and promote sustainable protection, management and stewardship programs through research and education.

Mr. Bonham received his J.D. and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Before Trout Unlimited, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, and an instructor and guide at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, in Bryson City, N.C.

Mr. Bonham brings a diverse background and a longstanding appreciation for the outdoors to the position."

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Ted Lieu at Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing Groundbreaking by Mary Cummins Animal Advocates


US Representative Ted Lieu at the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing groundbreaking event April 22, 2022 by Mary Cummins.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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US Representative Adam Schiff at Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing groundbreaking by Mary Cummins



US Representative Adam Schiff speaking at the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing groundbreaking event April 22, 2022. 

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Wallis Annenberg, Governor Gavin Newsom at Wildlife Crossing Groundbreaking by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates


Wallis Annenberg of The Annenberg Foundation and Governor Gavin Newsom speaking at the groundbreaking event for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California, by Mary Cummins with Animal Advocates. 

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Interview with Chris Dellith, Fish & Wildlife Service, by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

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Interview with Chris Dellith, Senior Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Ventura. Chris Dellith discusses mountain lions, conservation and the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing. 


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Interview with Jeff Sikich, National Park Service, by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

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Interview with Jeff Sikich, Biologist with the National Park Service, by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates. Jeff Sikich talks about mountain lions at the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing groundbreaking event. 



Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Interview with R C Brody, Richard Brody of California Fish & Wildlife by Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

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Mary Cummins speaks with R.C. BrodyRichard Brody a Senior Environmental Scientist of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife about the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, mountain lions and protecting native California wildlife. 


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Friday, April 22, 2022

Groundbreaking for Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Los Angeles, California by Mary Cummins Animal Advocates

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April 22, 2022 was groundbreaking for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing. The wildlife crossing will stretch across eight lanes of the 101 freeway and two lanes across Agoura Rd in Agoura Hills, California. It will be the biggest wildlife crossing in the United States larger than the size of a football field at 200 ft by 165 ft. 

The project was designed by Robert Rock of Living Habitat LLC and is being constructed by Southern California construction company C.A. Rasmussen

The project is the culmination of over a decade of coordinated work by the following people, government agencies and organizations in no particular order,

The Annenberg Foundation: Wallis Annenberg, Lauren Bon, Cinny Kennard, Marsha Bonner, Allison Sprague, Elizabeth Armour
California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Charlton Chuck Bonham, Justin Dellinger, Audrey Kelly, Craig Zeff, Daniel Blankenship
Caltrans, Caltrans District 7: Sheik Moinuddin, Barbara Marquez, Steven Keck
Santa Monica Mountains Fund
National Wildlife Federation: Beth Pratt
California Coastal Commission
State of California: Gavin Newsom
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy & Mountains Recreation Conservancy Authority: Rorie Skei, Joseph T Edmiston, George Lange
National Park Service
California State Transportation Agency: Toks Omishakin
Living Habitats LLC
Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority MCRA
California State Coastal Conservancy: Amy Hutzel
City of Agoura Hills
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board
California Natural Resources Agency: Wade Crowfoot
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: David Szymanski
California Wildlife Conservation Board: John Donnelly
US Congressman Ted Lieu
US Congressman Adam Schiff
California State Senator, Fran Pavely
California State Senator, Henry Stern
California State Assemblymember, Laura Friedman
California State Assemblymember, Richard Bloom
Ventura County Supervisor, Linda Parks,
Los Angeles County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl
City of Los Angeles Councilmember, Paul Koretz
City of Agoura Hills Mayor, Deborah Klein Lopez
Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
UCLA: Bob Wayne, Brad Shaffer
City of Agoura Hills Ad Hoc Committee
ARC, Animal Road Crossings
: Rob Ament
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
California State Legislative Staff

Mountain Lion Foundation: Debra Chase, Fred Hull
Humanity Communications Collective
Planning & Conservation League
Cougar Conservancy
Friends of Griffith Park
Project Desert View, LLC
TBG Events
Lili Media & Design
Fearless Advocacy
: Jennifer Fearing
Puente Strategies
Ano: Dayna Bochco

Other Supporters, Donors, not inclusive

The Boeng Company: Scarlett C Hibner
S.L. Gimbel Foundation, a component fund at The Inland Empire Community Foundation
The John Logan Foundation
Carolyn J Dvis
Head and Heart Foundation
Helmut & Patricia Meissner
Leoonardo DiCaprio Foundation
M. Piuze Foundation
Mary Jo and Hank Greenberg Animal Welfare Foundation
Mary and David Love
Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Measure A
The Daniel & Susan Gottlieb Foundation
The Gwendolyn Sexton Foundation
Verizon
Walter E.D. Miller Charitable Fund
Wanda & Bud Waugh

Speakers at the Groundbreaking in order of appearance

  • Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Alan Salazar, FernandeƱo Tataviam, Band of Mission Indians Elder, Chumash, Tataviam, & Pipimaram lineages
  • Deborah Klein-Lopez, Mayor of Agoura Hills
  • 3rd Rock Hip Hop - Warren Dickson and students
  • Miguel OrdeƱana, Community Science Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Brad Rumble, Principal of Esperanza Elementary School with students Jonathan Salvador-Ramos (Gr. 5) and Allison CoxDiaz (Gr. 4
  • Julia Butters, actor, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  • Nina-Marie Lister, Professor & Director, Ecological Design Lab at Ryerson University & ARC Partner
  • Jeremy Guth, Conservation Director, the Woodcock Foundation & Founding Partne, ARC Solutions
  • PARTNERS
  • State Senator Fran Pavley
  • National Wildlife Federation: Dirk Sellers, Vice President for Philanthropy — Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director
  • National Park Service & Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: David Szymanski, Superintendent — Jeff
  • Sikich, biologist — Seth Riley, Chief of Wildlife
  • Santa Monica Mountains Fund: Charlotte Parry, Executive Director —
  • Resource Conservation District of Santa Monica Mountains: Clark Stevens, Architect & Executive Officer
  • Caltrans: Steven Keck, Acting Director — Tony Tavares, Caltrans District 7 Director — Sheik Moinnudin, Project Manager
  • C.A. Rasmussen, Inc: Adam Rasmussen, President
  • Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy: Linda Parks, Chair — George Lange, Chair — Joe Edmiston, Executive Director —
  • Rorie Skei, Chief Deputy Director — Paul Edelman, Chief of Natural Resources & Planning
  • U. S. Senator Alex Padilla
  • Living Habitats, LLC: Robert Rock, Principal & Chief Operating Officer
  • California Wildlife Conservation Board: John Donnelly, Director
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Chuck Bonham, Director
  • State Coastal Conservancy: Mary Small, Deputy Executive Officer
  • California Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • California Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
  • J.P. Rose, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Cara Lacey, The Nature Conservancy
  • California State Senator Henry Stern
  • California State Senator Ben Allen
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff
  • Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources
  • Song break
  • Collin O'Mara, President & CEO National Wildlife Federation
  • Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President & CEO, Annenberg Foundation
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Groundbreaking, shovels


Full video of the event in HD. Updated.

Photos and videos from the groundbreaking of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing April 22, 2022 by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates. Click photos to see full size. Many more photos are available.

 


Sign at 101 freeway overpass at Liberty Cann

 


Sign at trailhead off Liberty Canyon exit off 101 North

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


 


R. C. Brody, Richard Brody, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

 


Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation

 


Ted Lieu 

 


Bridge over gulch to get golf carts to event site

 

California Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists

 


 

P 22 mountain lion

 

Chris Dellith, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Ventura

 


 


 


Red Carpet area

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


Looking toward 101 freeway

 


 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


Looking toward the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 

101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon

Below are a few interviews from the event.
Chris Dellith, Senior Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


R.C. Brody, Richard Brody, California Department of Fish & Wildlife


Jeff Sikich, National Park Service

More photos and videos will be posted shortly. They're being edited. 

Other media articles about the event.

Daily News
https://www.dailynews.com/2022/04/22/ground-broken-for-87-million-wildlife-bridge-over-101-freeway-to-save-mountain-lions-and-other-creatures-2/

LA Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-22/a-cougar-crossing-rises-over-a-deadly-l-a-freeway

USA Today
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/04/23/ca-construction-largest-urban-wildlife-crossing/7422557001/

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/california-breaks-ground-on-largest-urban-wildlife-crossing/2022/04/22/1f213a86-c271-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html

NBC News
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-breaks-ground-urban-wildlife-crossing-span-us-101-rcna25683

ABC News
https://abc7.com/wildlife-crossing-101-freeway-bridge-groundbreaking/11779405/


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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