Event: Ecology and Conservation of the Gulf of the Farallones, California

Date: Thursday November 14, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Join us for our monthly speakers program at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfield-Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Drive off the Green Valley Road exit from Hwy 80 in Fairfield. This program is free and open to the public. (NSAS Event)


The Gulf of the Farallones lies within an "Eastern Boundary Current System," one of five such current systems around the world, where cold ocean currents and other environmental factors lead to high ocean productivity; an estimated 85-95% of the world's seafood originates from these five systems.

Peter's talk will cover the ecology and conservation of the Gulf's marine vertebrates, from birds to pinnipeds to cetaceans, with emphasis on his main research species, breeding and pelagic seabirds, and great white sharks. We will not only learn about some of the Gulf's keystone species, but will look in on the excellent research that has been undertaken in the Gulf and the conservation and management actions that have resulted.

Peter Pyle is an ornithologist and marine biologist. From the early 1980s through the early 2000s much of his research was conducted on birds and white sharks at the Farallon Islands, California. He has developed a special interest in bird molt and how it can be used to age birds, and has published many papers and taught many workshops on this subject in North and Latin America. He is a Research Associate both at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. To date, he has authored over 120 papers in scientific journals and three books, and has been a coauthor on over 70 additional scientific papers and an online monograph on the birds of Hawaii. He currently works for the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station, California.

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