Peace & Justice & Heermann’s Gulls

Date:              Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time:              6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Location:       Monterey Peace and Justice Center

1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA 93955

Cost:               Free admission.  The public is invited.

Flyer:              Heermanns-gull-talk-flyer-3-20-2019.pdf

Sponsors:     Sustainable Seaside
Monterey Audubon Society

About the Event:
Byron and Joanna Chin will give a multi-media presentation on Seaside’s Heermann’s Gull colony.  They will discuss the unique characteristics of Heermann’s Gulls, the history of their struggle to survive in Seaside, California, the importance of this colony to the survival of the species, and plans to restore the floating nesting island habitat on Robert’s Lake in Seaside.  When they aren’t involved in bird-related pursuits, they can be found working their day jobs.  Byron is a patent litigator and Joanna is a pediatrician.

About the Speakers:
Byron and Joanna Chin have been avid birders for over a decade, with a particular love for gulls and other seabirds. They have spent the last year studying the Seaside Heermann’s gull colony and have been working closely with Monterey Audubon to install a floating island on Roberts Lake for the gulls to nest on.  They are members of Monterey Audubon Society and are dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Seaside Heermann’s Gull colony near Roberts Lake, which is the only breeding colony of Heermann’s Gulls outside of the Gulf of California.  They are working with the City of Seaside to construct, install, and maintain a floating nesting island to provide a permanent home for these vulnerable seabirds.  Byron is a wildlife photographer and a licensed Part 107 commercial drone pilot, responsible for all photographic observation of the colony from the land and from the air.  Byron and Joanna live in Contra Costa County.

About the Sponsors: 

Sustainable Seaside is a group of concerned local citizens working locally towards solutions to environmental challenges, with the goal of making the City of Seaside and adjacent areas a model of sustainability through innovative local actions which work to enhance our community.  Sustainable Seaside is a chapter of Communities for Sustainable Monterey County.
Email:                        Catherine Crockett, Chair:

The Monterey Audubon Society was founded in 1943 as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to conserving and celebrating the birds and wildlife of the greater Monterey Bay region. The Monterey chapter includes 1000 members throughout Monterey and parts of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.  The local chapter is currently engaged in an array of educational, citizen-science, and advocacy initiatives geared toward protecting the region’s birds and its biological diversity.
Email:                        Blake Matheson: President,

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