The year was 2008. A very nice small natural history museum in Yucca Valley, California sent an email to all California museums offering to sell a small seabird diorama, as they wanted to focus on their desert regional habitats. We responded immediately as the birds looked very life like and the museum needed to build the museum’s bird collection. Bringing this deal to a close required some time and a C.R.E.F. grant. Finally in late January Design Dimensions began putting the new exhibit in it’s new home. You can stop by to see the work in progress. The pair of Albatoss are in place. Did you know that these large birds live at sea and only go to land to reproduce? More Albatross information will be posted in the exhibit. These birds have fascinating adaptations to their very unusual life style. When complete the display will also contain Willet, Sandpipers and some seafaring ducks.
** Interesting side note of interest: The word “albatross” is sometimes used mataphorically to mean psychological burden that feels like a curse. It is an allusion to Samuel Taylor Colridge’s peom “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798) In the poem an albatross starts to follow a ship which normally is a good omen. However, the Mariner shoots the albatross with a crossbow which is regarded as an act which will curse the ship. To punish him his companions induce him to wear the dead albatross around his neck indefinitely (until they all die from the curse, as it happens). Thus the albatross can be both an omen of good or bad luck, as well as a metaphor for a burden to be carried (as penance). Hmmmm…..
Thank you to Coast Resource Enhancement Fund of Santa Barbara County and 5th District Supervisor Joe Centeno, Phil Alvarado, Alex Posada and Kirk Spry for their assistance in obtaining this grant.
*Art Del Gadillo a retired administrator from Santa Maria Bonita School District has been involved with the board of directors in creating a Strategic Plan and redefining the mission statement. The final report will be created and finalized in 2011. This exercise has taken over two years and will