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Santa Cruz Island Lecture Series
Thu, June 15, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Santa Cruz Island is the largest and among the most intriguing of the eight California Channel Islands. On a clear day, most of us catch a glimpse of it from right here in town. Despite how close Santa Cruz Island is, there remain many mysteries about its ecology, cultural history and even its role as a set for some of Hollywood’s earliest films. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the UCSB Santa Cruz Island Reserve present five evenings of presentations about the science, history and culture of this amazing place. The series will feature world-renowned experts every Thursday evening from May 25 through June 22 from 7 to 8:30 PM.
May 25 - Tim Coonan, retired Channel Islands National Park biologist, will discuss the recovery of the four endangered island fox subspecies in his presentation: "Island Foxes: Back from the Brink".
June 1 - UCSB Professor Lynn Gamble will present "Ancient History on Santa Cruz Island: Social/Environmental Interactions, Climate Change, and Ritual Life Six Thousand Years Ago."
June 8 - Dr. Mario Pesendorfer, of Cornell University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute presents: "Unintentional gardeners: How endemic Island Scrub-Jays help native oaks to reclaim Santa Cruz Island."
June 15 - Steve Junak, former Herbarium Curator of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will present, "The Botanical Treasures of Santa Cruz, the Most Diverse of our Channel Islands."
June 22 - Eamon O'Byrne, California Islands Project Director of The Nature Conservancy will present: "Beacon of Hope: Santa Cruz Island as a Conservation Laboratory".