Join us on the third Sunday of every month, for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.
November 17, 2013, 1 PM
Repatriation of an Iconic Bird to the Central Coast
Glenn R. Stewart, Director
UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group
Forty years ago, the bald eagle, our national symbol, was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, largely as a consequence of DDT, decimated the eagle population.
In 1972 the Federal Government banned the use of DDT, and in 1973 placed the bald eagle under protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Shortly thereafter, Glenn Stewart of the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group teamed up with the Ventana Wildlife Society to create a bald eagle recovery plan for Central California.
Stewart and a team of biologists brought dozens of bald eagle chicks from Canada down to Big Sur in an effort to reintroduce the iconic bird back to the central coast. With the support of the Canadian Government, they flew over Vancouver Island in helicopters looking for nests with two chicks.
“The goal for the reintroduction of bald eagles to the central coast was three pairs. We were looking at a pretty bleak scene out there,” said Stewart. “Now there are 26 pairs in the Bay Area alone.”
Join Stewart in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and hear the remarkable story of the return of the bald eagle back to the Central coast.
Science Sunday lectures are designed to make science interesting and “user-friendly” for EVERYONE.
Science Sunday is free with membership or admission. UCSC undergrads free with valid student ID.
Dates: Held on the third Sunday of every month (except December)
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: La Feliz room of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
For more information, call (831) 459-3800.
Browse our calendar for upcoming Science Sunday topics.
Here’s a sampling of past Science Sunday topics:
- Sharks in Danger: Impacts of the Global Shark Fin Trade
- got coral? Caribbean Mexico’s Coral Reef Ecosystems
- Elkhorn Slough: Pearls of Wisdom from Elkhorn Slough Oysters
- Underwater, Underground: Exploration of deep sea flow and habitats within the ocean crust
- Beautiful Whales: Photographing “Whale Scale”
- It’s Not Who You Eat, It’s When You Eat Them: The Insidious Relationship Between Salmon and Anchovy
- The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival
- The Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History: Coastal Studies and the Elwha River Restoration Project