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Biologists Present Results of Island Restoration in Evening Lecture

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Date: April 22, 2013
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

The May From Shore to Sea lecture will feature two biologists, Kate Faulkner and Jennifer Boyce, discussing the recovery of Anacapa Island a decade after the removal of nonnative rats.  

Rats are the main cause of bird extinctions on islands, and are estimated to be responsible for half of bird and reptile extinctions worldwide. They were first reported on Anacapa Island in the early 1900's and until their removal were significantly affecting rare nesting seabirds, along with other plant and animal species.  

To restore balance to the island ecosystem, the rats were eliminated in 2002. Faulkner and Boyce were leaders on the project to remove the rats and restore the island ecosystem. They will show the results which include a remarkable increase in nest success for the very rare Scripps's murrelet. 

Faulkner is Chief of Natural Resources Management at Channel Islands National Park. She has worked for the National Park Service for 33 years and has Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Biology and Natural Resources Management from the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She is also a trustee for the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program which is implementing a wide variety of ecological restoration projects on the Channel Islands. 

Boyce is a trustee on the American Trader Oil Spill Council which funded the Anacapa Island Restoration Project. She also is the NOAA Trustee and Program Manager for the Montrose Settlement Restoration Program. Boyce has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School.  

This presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

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Bechers Bay coastline on Santa Rosal Island

Although the park is within 60 miles of 18 million people, it is home to 175 miles of pristine undeveloped coastline.