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Ron LeValley on the Farallon Islands, Thurs., Nov. 20, Ukiah

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  • Kate Marianchild
    The Farallon Islands: Forty Years Later – Ron LeValley Slide Lecture on November 20 Visible on a clear day from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Farallon
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      "The Farallon Islands: Forty Years Later" �
      Ron LeValley Slide Lecture on November 20

      Visible on a clear day from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Farallon
      Islands are home to the largest colony of breeding seabirds in the
      continental United States � sometimes as many as 250,000 birds. Three
      kinds of whales ply the nearby waters and five species of seals and
      sea lions come ashore on the islands, in some cases to breed. The
      large population of seals and sea lions is no doubt responsible for
      the Great White Shark population in the vicinity. The islands are
      also a rest-and-refuel sanctuary for many migratory birds, some of
      which have never been seen anywhere else in the continental United
      States.

      Why does so much life abound on these rocky islands? Ron LeValley,
      biologist and photographer extraordinaire, will answer that question
      and more during a slide lecture on the Farallon Islands on Thursday,
      November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center. LeValley's first
      working visit to the islands occurred in 1968, one year before the
      Farallon National Wildlife and Wilderness Refuge was created. He has
      participated in research projects there several times since,
      including for two weeks this past summer, and will give a
      presentation on the changes he has seen over the years. For more
      information go to www.peregrineaudubon.org.



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