California Islands Symposia-Connecting Science and Management on California Islands

Photo showing international participants at the 8th California Islands Symposium

Photo of all international participants at the 8th California Islands Symposium.

The 8th California Islands Symposium took place on October 23-25 at the Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, California. The California Islands Symposia are convened to present recent findings in science and resource management on the California Islands, including the Channel Islands, Farallones, and islands off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The Symposia have been held approximately every five years since 1965, and provide a forum to share information about island work across all disciplines of natural and cultural science. The Symposia are sponsored by a consortium of agencies, non-profits, conservancies and academic institutions involved in the work and management of the California Islands.

During this year’s three-day event, 200 presentations were delivered to an audience of 550 participants. The Symposium had a strong international presence with 20 participants attending from Mexico and nine from Chile. The presentations were spread among 27 diverse sessions and included a poster night.  Highlights from this year’s event included a Film Night which featured nine short films about the California Islands and a book singing featuring local Channel Island authors. The National Park Service’s Channel Islands Live program broadcasted a live special cultural session dedicated to presentations about the “Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island” referred to in the 1960 novel Island of the Blue Dolphins written by Scott O’Dell. MSRP staff and partners contributed nine oral and three poster presentations discussing restoration activities for Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and seabirds on the Channel Islands and Baja California Pacific Islands.

 

-Gabrielle Dorr, MSRP Outreach Coordinator