Exploring the Revillagigedo Archipelago and Chapter Celebration

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

SpeakerSula Vanderplank, Ph.D.

Ready for a fun and educational evening? Join the adventure that Ms. Vanderplank and her group of researchers and citizen scientists recently experienced on an 18-day boat trip to the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Only 250 miles off the tip of Baja California peninsula, it is often referred to as Mexico's Galapagos Islands. Rich in plant and animal endemism, these volcanic islands seem to hark back to the beginning of time. One has a flora of just a handful of species and on another, steaming vents and fumaroles rise above a tropical forest near the summit!

The effervescent Ms. Vanderplank will provide an overview of the natural history of the three of the six main islands, their floras, and doubtless some interesting insights on her travels. It is always an enjoyable evening when Sula speaks to the chapter!

As a field botanist, Ms. Vanderplank focuses on natural history, floristics, and conservation science in Baja California. She actively collaborates on both sides of the US/MX border and serves as adjunct faculty at Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) and San Diego State University. She is an active research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. For the last 12 years Sula has published broadly on the flora of this region including a field guide to the endemic plants and animals of the Baja California Pacific Islands, a book on quail-friendly plants, and a coauthored a field guide to the Maritime Succulent Scrub of Baja California. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, where she studied under Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, one of Mexico's leading conservation scientists.

This evening in June is also our annual chapter celebration. For any one who can arrive a little early, Rich Schilk will lead a bird walk in the preserve starting at 6 PM. The Duck Club will open at 6:45 for potluck refreshments. Early comers may bring something savory while later arrivals might bring something dessertish. (Or just bring a friend.) The chapter will supply drinks, utensils, and paper goods. Celia Kutcher wants your great photos of 2016-17 chapter activities for our year-end picture show. Send them to at .

Enjoy with us a great speaker and this special celebration of the year’s achievements.

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