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- Research and Discoveries Within the Marine Sanctuary -
Seabirds and Marine Mammals: Spring 2006 Lectures and Weekend Excursions
San Francisco -March 1, 2006. This spring, to celebrate 25 years of ocean protection, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will offer a series of free monthly lectures in the Bay Area, announcing research and discoveries concerning sanctuary wildlife: sea otters and sea lions, albatross and other seabirds. Each is followed by related weekend fee-based excursions into the realms of these creatures and the scientists who study them. Reservations for all events are with Dru Devlin at [email protected], or 415/ 561-6625 ext. 311.
On Thursday, April 20th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the J. Porter Shaw Library, Fort Mason Center, Building E, in San Francisco, The Marine Mammal Center's Veterinarian Frances Gulland, DVM will bring us up to date with "Marine Mammal Research: Diseases and Cures." She will examine the latest findings in marine mammal science and medicine, and the research techniques by which we can conserve these warm-blooded, air-breathing creatures, which live the "life aquatic." Free lecture, location to be announced.
The following Sunday, April 23rd whale and wildlife enthusiasts can join a naturalist-led sail through the Golden Gate aboard the 82-foot schooner "Seaward" from Sausalito to search for migrating gray whales, sea lions, seabirds and other intriguing marinelife. Cruise departs at 10:00 a.m., returning at approximately 2:00 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and includes a light lunch. . For reservations contact Dru Devlin at [email protected], 415/ 561-6625 ext. 311.
On Thursday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Point Montara Lighthouse, Highway 1 in Montara, Melissa Miller DVM of the California Department of Fish and Game will give a presentation on California's sea otter population. She will describe the issues that affect their survival, the important work being done to understand these animals, and what new discoveries scientists are making. Free lecture.
On Saturday, May 13 from the comfort of a stable 27-foot pontoon boat, "the Safari," enjoy an excursion into Elkhorn Slough. This placid inlet off Monterey Bay is habitat for playful sea otters, harbor seals and migrating birds. Cruise time is 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; cost is $25 per person. For reservations contact Dru Devlin at [email protected], 415/ 561-6625 ext. 311.
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, protects 948 sq. nautical miles of open ocean, bay and wetlands. The Sanctuary also manages approximately 1,380 sq. nautical miles of the San Mateo and southern Marin county coasts. The non-profit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association supports the work of the Sanctuary in protecting its natural and cultural resources.
For information on special 25th Anniversary and ongoing sanctuary programs, visit the sanctuary's and Sanctuary Association's websites at www.farallones.noaa.gov and www.farallones.org, or call 415/ 561-6622.
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