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 South Georgia Island: Remote, Wild, and (almost) Recovered"
Date: 02/08/2019
Time: 07:00:00 PM
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Join Andrea Tuttle for an armchair trip to South Georgia Island aboard the National Geographic Explorer. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The waters of this sub-Antarctic island teem with krill fed by upwelling of the Antarctic convergence, nourishing a food chain abounding with penguins, fur seals, and pelagic birds. Ecologists have raced to eradicate reindeer that were introduced by Norwegian whalers in the 1920’s, before retreating glaciers enable populations to spread. Victory has also been declared on the eradication of 200 million rats, allowing ground-nesting birds to recover. Fur seal populations hunted to near extinction, now number in the hundreds of thousands.

Andrea Tuttle, an avid traveler and climate policy aficionado, traveled to South Georgia and the Falklands in March, 2018, on a quest to visit both north and south polar regions. From nesting Black-browed and Wandering Albatrosses and Giant Petrels to Rockhopper, King, Gentoo, and Magellanic penguins, you’ll get a taste of this diverse, wild, and beautiful island plus a stop in the stark sheep country of the Falklands.

Andrea Tuttle is a former Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and now consults in forest and climate policy She served as a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and State Coastal Commission, and worked in Sacramento as a staffer for state Senator Barry Keene. She participated in the early development of California’s climate strategy and cap-and-trade system, working especially on the Forest Carbon offset protocols. For the past 11 years she has attended the climate negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as an Observer for the Pacific Forest Trust. She has a Master’s degree in zoology from the Univ. of Washington, and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Environmental Planning. She has lived in Arcata with her husband Don since 1970.

Refreshments will be available at 7 p.m. and the program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a mug for shade-grown coffee and come fragrance-free.

 
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