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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Nimitz Beach Park, Kapolei, Hawaii, USA

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Nimitz Beach Park, Kapolei, Hawaii, USA
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Registered: July 2007
City/Town/Province: Kapolei
Posts: 1
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Beach Clean-Up

I helped volunteer to pick up trash at Nimitz Beach Park in Barberís Point, Hawaii. My neighbor Peter, my mother and I decided to go here one Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to pick up trash. Barberís point is a closed down military base on the Westside of Oahu, Hawaii. Nimitz Beach Park is an open beach on Barber's Point where people can have parties under the pavilions or just go to the beach. It is really a beautiful sight and would be even more appealing if there wasnít so much trash. Along with the trash on the ground, there are scary looking plants with three inch thorns that catch trash blowing by. It is very difficult to get to these items and help beautify the area.
In one of the big thorn bushes, we found some Cardinal birds squawking quite loudly. We watched them for a moment and decided that this was their home and they had a nest embedded in this massive thorn bush. Since we were on a beach, we also came across seaweed and some dried up coral reef. The only other animals we came across were dogs that were playing catch with their owners. The insects that we saw were bees and flies.
Although our bags werenít all the way filled up in the end, we picked up a bunch of trash. There were hundreds of beer caps and a lot of cigarette butts. The other types of trash we came across were coupons, plastic bags, paper plates, cans, and just a bunch of paper. I did come across two plastic dinosaur toys.
It felt good to cleanup on the beach. Itís a really pretty beach when thereís no trash all over the place. It felt good to help make the beach cleaner and prettier even though I didnít make all the litter.
I think that if we put up more trash cans around the beach and picnic area we can reduce the amount of trash being made, and we can put up a couple signs telling people to pick up trash around the beach that they see or to just throw their trash away instead of on the ground. It was important to keep this beach clean because it is a popular place for little kids to have birthday parties and for anyone to just go to the beach. Once we have a cleaner beach park then the area is healthier for anyone to come, and for the plants and animals that are living there or come across the area.
Date: August 4, 2007 ∑ Views: 6004 ∑ File size: 29.0kb, 526.6kb: 1280 x 960 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 9
Volunteers: 3
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 12 to 34
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 3.2
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