Reintroducing Eagles to California’s Channel Islands—Free Conservation Talk
November 27, 2013—David Garcelon of the Institute for Wildlife Studies will describe how he spearheaded the effort to return Bald eagles to the Channel Islands at the Zoo’s free December Conservation Lecture.
As an undergraduate student at Humboldt State University in 1979, Garcelon proposed reintroducing Bald eagles to the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. Bald eagles had been extirpated from the islands by the introduction of the pesticide DDT into the marine environment. For six years starting in 1980, he brought young eaglets from nests in Washington, northern California, and British Columbia, and reared and released them on Santa Catalina Island using artificial nest platforms. This talk will trace the 30+ year history of the trials and tribulations that finally lead to the successful reestablishment of Bald eagles on the Channel Islands.
David Garcelon is the founder and president of the nonprofit Institute for Wildlife Studies, headquartered in Arcata. He directs the Institute’s programs, which include a number of restoration and recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species, as well as long-term monitoring and research projects. David has co-authored a book on the ecology of the Island Fox and has published numerous papers in scientific journals. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Wildlife Management at Humboldt State University.
The talk will take place in the Zoo’s classroom in the Secrets of the Forest building at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, and a reception will be held half an hour beforehand. There is no charge to attend, and both Zoo members and non-members are invited. Enter through the main Zoo gates.
“The Bald eagle is a favorite reintroduction success story that zoos also played a role in, “says Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager and Chair of the Conservation Advisory Committee. “With the prospect of Bald eagles coming to Sequoia Park Zoo next year as part of the Watershed Heroes project, this lecture is both topical and timely.”
The next lecture in the series will take place on Wednesday, January 15th. Sandra Hunt-von Arb of Pacific Northwestern Biological Resources Consultants and Jim Spickler of Eco-Ascension Research and Consulting will continue the eagle theme with “Eagles in your Home: Connecting with Wildlife through Remote Cameras.”
For more information:
Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager