Sequoia's First Hybrid Meeting - this Thursday Oct. 14! Join us!
SAS is hosting its first hybrid meeting and after 20 months we're looking forward to seeing some of you in person! This month's speaker is Heath Packard with Island Conservation. Would you like to prevent extinctions? How about protecting at-risk island communities and coral reefs? Come learn how you can! Heath Packard will present his experiences, observations, and hopes for the future with Island Conservation (IC) - our world's ONLY global, not-for-profit conservation organization whose sole mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
Island Conservation works where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest - islands. Removing a primary threat - introduced, damaging invasive species - is one of the most effective interventions for saving at-risk island communities, plants, and animals, and for restoring island and coral ecosystems. Once invasive species are removed, native island species and ecosystems recover, often with little additional intervention.
Since 1994, IC and partners have successfully restored 64 islands, benefitting 468 species. More than 40% of the world's most endangered land animals rely on islands. Coral reefs, which support a quarter of all marine life, approximately 1 million species, and half a billion people have shown the greatest extinction risk. Invasive rodents have been alone have been introduced to 80% of the world's island groups.
Heath has served as a field director for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a groundfish observer in the Bering Sea, Alaska; Washington state policy director for National Audubon Society, and director of legislative and external affairs for the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources and independently elected Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. IC is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, New Zealand, Palau, and Puerto Rico.
We're back at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo. Doors open at 6:30 (just like the Zoom room) and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Here is the Zoom registration link if you're unable to join us in person https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcemspzsjH9AD-9E6KH9VaQKu2TvLWi1e