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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Marine Mammals

with Sarah Allen
Monday, October 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Coastal residents are no strangers to whales and other marine mammals that can easily be seen from a bluff top living room window, but Sarah Allen, in her Monday, October 3 talk at Gualala Arts on marine mammals, can provide an expert commentary on exactly what is happening outside that window.

Marine Mammals The California Current is home to more than 40 different species of marine mammals that migrate through it or forage within it. They seek havens for breeding and resting. It is no accident that seals come ashore every spring on Sea Ranch beaches or that gray whales and their young travel so close to local headlands on their journey back to Alaska feeding grounds.

In her presentation, she hopes to stimulate more interest in these incredible creatures by describing the lives of both the most abundant and familiar and of the rarest species of the sea mammals found off our local shores. She will identify those species one is most likely to encounter from the bluff tops while taking a walk or from a boat while out fishing. She will also discuss choice viewing locations during different times of the year.

Allen has intimate knowledge of the wildlife she will discuss. A research associate with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Marine Mammal Center, she has been an adjunct professor at San Francisco State and Sonoma State Universities after receiving her PhD in Wildlife Science from UC Berkeley.

For more than 30 years Allen has studied marine birds and mammals from Point Reyes to Antarctica. For the past seventeen years she has worked for a federal land management agency. This talk begins at 7:00 p.m. in Coleman Auditorium at the Arts Center. A $5 admission will be collected at the door.

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