Precious Cargo: Saving the Biological Riches of the Channel Islands

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Precious Cargo: Saving the Biological Riches of the Channel Islands
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 19:00

Photo by Bill Dewey

At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, the rescue of the California’s Channel Islands back from the brink of ecological collapse is an extraordinary story with global implications. Hear how a diverse partnership of scientists, ranchers, hunters and government came together to save the rare plants and animals of the Channel Islands, and how their work is influencing the protection of nature around the world.

Eamon O’Byrne, California Islands Conservation Director – A former professional mariner, charter boat skipper, and yacht racer, Eamon joined The Nature Conservancy as Associate Director of Operations in 2008. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, he was Executive Director of the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of America’s maritime heritage, from sailing ships to submarines. Since August 2013 he has led The Nature Conservancy’s conservation programs on California’s offshore islands, and overseen ecological restoration and recovery programs on its Santa Cruz Island Preserve, and where his background in project management and logistics have been put to full use, and then some!

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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the home of the First-Order Fresnel Lens from Point Conception Lighthouse. Our latest exhibit is The Geology of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel & The Chumash Use of Asphaltum. Other key exhibits include the Honda Disaster, Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light, and Children’s Gallery Exhibits.

The 7,825 square-foot Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, opened to the public in July 2000. Today, the museum is a vital part of the community, offering hands-on educational programs, interactive displays, and both temporary and permanent exhibits, attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year.

Doors open to SBMM Members at 6:15pm and Non-members at 6:45pm. $5 for SBMM members and $15 for non-members.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, California 93109. Please visit or (805) 962-8404 for more details.

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