Carey Stanton's Santa Cruz Island
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, will be the September speaker for the “From Shore to Sea” lecture series. Her presentation will highlight the Stanton family’s tenure on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the eight Channel Islands.
From 1937, when Los Angeles businessman Edwin L. Stanton purchased the western nine-tenths of the island, until the 1987 death of Stanton’s son and heir, Carey Stanton, Santa Cruz Island remained the largest privately owned island in the continental United States. Three years before his death, Carey Stanton wrote:
For the next thirty years, Carey Stanton lived and worked on Santa Cruz Island. This presentation takes a very personal peek into the world in which Carey Stanton lived from 1937 through 1987.
Daily is a cultural anthropology graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1973 she began working at the university’s Santa Cruz Island Reserve and shortly thereafter was hired as personal assistant to Dr. Carey Stanton, who at the time owned nine-tenths of Santa Cruz Island. In 1985 Stanton founded the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the cultural histories of all eight California Channel Islands. Daily has been president of the foundation since Dr. Stanton’s death in 1987.
The “From Shore to Sea” lecture series is jointly sponsored by Channel Islands National Park, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in an effort to further the understanding of research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum at 113 Harbor Way in Santa Barbara Harbor and Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.
Did You Know?
The only reptile found on Santa Barbara Island is the endemic and threatened island night lizard. These lizards can live up to 20 years or more, but once established in a territory generally remain within a 3-meter radius their entire life.