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Channel Islands restoration efforts highlighted at the March 'From Shore to Sea' lectures

March 8, 2010 |  6:09 pm

Birds take flight into the rising sun over Anacapa Island, one of the Channel Islands.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Channel Islands National Park this month, the March "From Shore to Sea" lectures will focus on past, present and future restoration efforts made since the islands were established as the nations 40th national park in 1980.

Taking place Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara Harbor and Wednesday at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center located in Ventura Harbor, the lectures will be hosted by Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau.

Galipeau will highlight some of these efforts by presenting the film "Restoring Balance: Santa Cruz Island," which focuses on recent endeavors to reestablish native wildlife such as the island fox and bald eagles and eliminate non-native animals, such as feral pigs.

Following the film, Galipeau will discuss upcoming plans and restoration projects as the park and its management meets visitor needs while still protecting natural and cultural resources.

Co-sponsored by Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park, with support from Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the lecture series is offered to engage the public in Channel Islands-related historic and scientific topics as well as to further the understanding of current research on the islands and surrounding waters.

Both lectures will begin at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Birds take flight into the rising sun over Anacapa Island, one of the Channel Islands. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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