EnC/HBAC Lecture Series

Explore North Coast and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center as co-sponsors invites the public to their Lecture Series featuring Dan Barton. Dan is an associate professor of Quantitative Population Ecology in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University. His research and teaching includes work on developing biological monitoring programs and understanding management significance of food web interactions, and he conducts this kind of work with seabirds, high mountain lake basins, subalpine plant communities, and coastal dunes. Seabirds are easier to count than fish, and thus they are often adopted as indicators of change in the marine environment, as a proverbial "canary in the coal mine." But what do they tell us, and how? How are they being used to assess Marine Protected Area effects, and their potential benefits for marine ecosystems? What is the Seabird Protection Network, and why are we working at Trinidad? Seabirds are also regularly designated as a target for marine conservation, as they are apex predators and are thought to be part of healthy marine ecosystems. What kinds of management actions benefit seabirds? What have we observed over the last year on the north coast? The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday November 19th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921, Waterfront Drive, Eureka. Admission is free. For more information e-mail info@explorenorthcoast.net or call 707-616-0016. Photo by Dan Barton