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The Natural History of Santa Cruz Island, with Dr. Larry Loeher – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.

March 2, 2018

Johnson’s Beach (Larry Loeher 2016)

Santa Cruz, the largest of the California Channel Islands, known best to birders as the only home for the Island Scrub-Jay, is probably the most diverse and fascinating of these unique island ecological treasures.  Noted for its ruggedness, Santa Cruz is home to many endemic plants and animals, and presents an unusually rich environment for multiple fields of study.  Its history is parallel to much of the California mainland – progressing from Native American homeland, to self-sufficient Colony, sheep ranch, early vineyards, and cattle ranch.  Currently the Island is divided between the Channel Islands National Park and The Nature Conservancy’s preservation holdings.  This presentation promises not to dwell on geology, but to cover much of the seldom-visited parts of the island, examine the interplay of landscape and human culture, and to provide an overview of the many unusual micro-habitats and rare plants of the island.

The big blue Island Scrub-Jay (Larry Loeher 2016)

Dr. Larry Loeher is a Geographer who has spent nearly four decades as an Academic Administrator in higher education, and as an environmental scientist.  In 1977, he began work on the geomorphology of Santa Cruz Island and was immediately captivated by its unique history and environment.  He initiated a long-term research project concerning erosion and vegetation recovery that has prompted over a hundred trips to Santa Cruz Island since then.  Recently retired from UCLA, he intends to spend more time on the islands, in the Eastern Sierra, and tracking the Western Snowy Plover.  He has an unusual fondness for manzanitas and photography.

The local fox (Larry Loeher 2016)

Our meetings are at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map

Dendromecon rigida (Larry Loeher 2015)

Meeting Room: Mid-park in Joslyn Hall, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. Please leave your coyote at home, however much they whine to come.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire Blvd. and California Ave, 7th St. and Lincoln Blvd., on the sides closest to the park, is metered. $2/hour meter enforcement (except on Wilshire) ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting! However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, we found free parking as follows:
California Ave. between 6th and 7th
9th St. north of Wilshire Blvd.
10th St. north of California Ave.
Washington Ave. (next street north of and parallel to California)

If that fails, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. across from the park is by permit parking only. Spaces are more available on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Some of those are “until 9PM” meters also. You may need a flashlight to read & operate the meter. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.   [Chuck Almdale]

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  1. Denice permalink
    March 2, 2018 12:44 pm

    Thanks- Denice 

    The Natural History of Santa Cruz Island, with Dr. Larry Loeher – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.


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