Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Community Program - Peregrine Falcon Nesting Ecology on the Channel Islands - Monday, Sept 16th

Monday, September 16th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. "Peregrine Falcon Nesting Ecology on the Channel Islands" by Paul Andreano.  Potluck at 6 pm, Program at 7pm 

MCAS Community Program and Fall Potluck!
@El Chorro Regional Park, Glen Oaks Pavilion

6:00pm - Everyone Loves a Good Potluck
Bring a side dish to share and your own reusable place-setting. Throw in your picnic tablecloth, if possible.

7:00 PM - Peregrine Falcon Nesting Ecology on the Channel Islands
MCAS Communications Chair Paul Andreano will give a presentation on a paper he recently co-authored entitled "Peregrine Falcon Nesting Ecology on the California Channel Islands". The paper is the first comprehensive update on peregrine nesting ecology and toxicology on California's islands since the 1990s. The authors’ research indicates that, after vanishing as a breeding species on the islands in the late 1960's, the peregrine falcon is now nesting on all eight of the Channel Islands. The slow pace of the recovery, compared to other region in the U.S., is related to high levels of DDT contamination in the off shore waters of Southern California. Eggshell samples from peregrines on the Channel Islands are still, on average, 18.3% thinner than pre-DDT era eggs. Join Paul for a lively and visually stunning tour of the Channel Islands and a close-up and personal look at the challenging work that goes into studying these cliff nesting predators in one of California's most beautiful and diverse landscapes.