Saturday Night Sea, Suds & Sup with Keynote Speaker Peter Pyle
Ecology and Conservation of the
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sip & Sup on The Lawn: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Keynote & Wrap Up: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center | Point Reyes Station, CA
Tickets: $55 a person
(Tickets online Feb. 13th for EAC members, and Feb. 29th for the public)
Join us for a fun evening celebrating the sea! Come mingle with keynote speaker Peter Pyle, our bird guides, and other enthusiasts as the sun sets over the ridge. Enjoy tasty veggie or seafood paella specially prepared by San Geronimo based chef Leslie Durkee, the raw oyster bar with Hog Island oysters, Brickmaiden breads, and salad (sup) + a selection of beer and wine (suds) during the 1.5 hour cocktail hour prior to our keynote speaker.
We will follow our Suds & Sup happy hour with a mini presentation on the marine protected areas (MPAs) surrounding West Marin and their importance with David McGuire, co-chair of the Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative. This will be followed by our keynote presentation with Peter Pyle of the Institute for Bird Populations on the Ecology and Conservation of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Located offshore from West Marin's coastal communities, the Greater Farallones is a globally significant, extraordinarily diverse, and productive 3,295 square mile marine ecosystem that supports abundant wildlife and valuable fisheries. It provides breeding and feeding grounds for at least twenty-five endangered or threatened species; thirty-six marine mammal species, including blue, gray, and humpback whales, harbor seals, elephant seals, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and one of the southernmost U.S. populations of threatened Steller sea lions; over a quarter-million breeding seabirds; and one of the most significant white shark populations on the planet. As a species identification specialist and consultant for the sanctuary, Peter's extensive knowledge of the area will take us to new depths in our understanding and appreciation of this underwater park.
Peter will also discuss how the Eastern Boundary Current System, one of five coastal upwelling zones in the world, influences the rich biodiversity of the Greater Farallones. He will help us discover the area's keystone bird, fish, marine mammal species and highlight the excellent research that has been undertaken in the Sanctuary leading to conservation and management practices and programs to protect the habitat and species that call it home.
Peter Pyle has worked as an ornithologist and marine biologist throughout the Pacific. During the 1980-2000's much of his research was conducted on birds and white sharks at the Farallon Islands and he is now a species identification specialist and consultant for the Greater Farallones Association's Beach Watch Program. He is a Research Associate both at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, and is one of the world's leading experts on the science of avian molt. To date he has authored over 170 papers in scientific journals, two books, including Identification Guide to North American Birds" Parts 1 and 2; and coauthored 3 additional books. A feather in his cap includes describing and naming a new species of shearwater (Puffinus bryani), named after his grandfather, Edwin Bryan. Peter currently works as a staff biologist for the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station.
In addition don't miss Peter's walk on:
Saturday, April 28 | 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Birding to a Fault: Continental Plate with Peter Pyle