Dr. Christina Sandoval to speak at February 28 General Meeting

Late Notice: Dr. Sandoval will be unable to attend. Long-time SFVAS member Arthur Langton will share some of his experiences and photos at this February meeting.

Everyone welcome. Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church. Come early for social hour at 7:00 PM, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:30 PM and the evening program.

Christina Sandoval is a member of the Life Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Director of the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve. The Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve is one of the best remaining examples of a coastal-strand environment in Southern California. The Reserve protects a wide variety of coastal and estuary habitats which have become a nesting site for the endangered Snowy Plover, a species threatened due to loss of its preferred breeding habitat, the beach. Dr. Sandoval will discuss the Reserve with its sandy beach, sand dunes, and adjacent estuary mouth which is one of a few choice west coast locations where the snowy plovers can breed and thrive. Dr. Sandoval’s presentation will reveal how the plovers must compete with beach users, unleashed dogs, and predators like crows. Without help, the plovers lose. Check out http://coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org/ for more information.