Rouvaishyana worked with
(listed in alphabetical order) Louise Abbot, Mike Baird, Freeman Hall, Bev Hardy,
and Regena Orr
to design a new interpretative display for the Heron Rookery.
Some of Bill Newman's census figures were used in this effort.
installation party consisted of Rouvaishyana,
Mike Baird, Karen Bloomquist, and Freeman and Worth Hall.
Above is how the old Heron Rookery display looked before replacement.
We found a note inside that read "This display case was constructed with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Davey, Morro Coast Audubon Society charter members."
Helping to assemble the new display today were
(L-R) Worth and Freeman Hall, Rouvaishyana... Mike Baird
and, not shown, Karen Bloomquist
Rouvaishyana had overall responsibility for designing and creating this new display
Charlene Odekirk designed and created the colorful timeline and the main title.
Rouvaishyana crafted the written content with much input from the team
Mike Baird contributed these bird photos.
The following are the text and
Black & White photos for submitting a short version of the above story to the
Nature Notes Newsletter
Revised 11-7-05 w/ small corrections in roles of people..
New Interpretative Sign
for the Morro Bay Heron Rookery
(reported by Mike Baird)
In December 2004, Rouvaishyana became our new State Park Interpreter/Manager at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. His supervisor, Greg Smith, soon tasked Rouvaishyana with updating some of the older outdated interpretative display signs in the Morro Bay State Park area. The Heron Rookery display had particularly been the subject of many prior discussions amongst docents and State Parks employees. Many people had made suggestions for improvements, and they knew the underlying subject matter very well. While the old display presented many interesting "facts" about the Herons and the Rookery, the new display was to incorporate a theme ("This Site protects Nesting Birds"), and would further educate visitors using a colorful timeline of the activities (nest selection and pair-bonding, incubation, hatching and brooding, and fledging) observable in the Rookery for its five main inhabitants (Cormorants, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, and Great Blue Herons). Rouvaishyana took advantage of this burgeoning pool of human talent to create, at low cost, an all new attractive, colorful, informative, and accurate display. The new display was installed on October 27, 2005. In alphabetical order, some of the principal contributors in the research, design, and creation of the new Heron Rookery interpretative display, were Louise Abbot, Mike Baird, Freeman Hall, Bev Hardy, Charlene Odekirk, and Regena Orr. Some of Bill Newman's census figures were used in this effort. The hands-on installation party consisted of Rouvaishyana, Mike Baird, Karen Bloomquist, and Freeman and Worth Hall.
Here is how the old Heron Rookery display looked before replacement.
Shown standing proudly
by the new Heron Rookery display are (L-R) Worth
and Freeman Hall,
You can read and see much more about this model project at docents.info on the Internet.