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California’s Galapagos: Exploring Channel Islands National Park
May 16, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Twenty miles from Ventura Harbor, five islands rise like a string of floating mountains from the roaring Pacific Ocean. Join local adventurer Leonie Sherman for a slide show about Southern California’s remote and undeveloped Channel Islands National Park which was established in 1980. She has spent three weeks camping and exploring the ecologically rich islands in different seasons on foot and by paddle board.
The islands host sea caves, pristine beaches, turquoise bays, windy canyons, and rugged peaks. Plants and animals have evolved in isolation and now the islands are home to over 150 of them which live nowhere else on the planet. Leonie will share natural and native history and tell us about the intense restoration efforts and the success story of a rare tiny fox.
Chumash people called these islands home for over 14,000 years. They built exquisite seaworthy canoes called tomols so they could trade and visit with their mainland relatives. Within 225 years after their first European contact, diseases and violence reduced their numbers to about 100. Now over 4000 people who identify as Chumash are revitalizing their culture with storytelling, dance, basketry, tomol building and navigation.
Leonie is an environmental journalist, a teacher, the back-country editor for Adventure Sports Journal and an avid natural history geek. She has hiked, biked, climbed, skied, ice skated and ridden horses on four continents.