The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary will present three lectures this month in the Discover Your Central Coast series at Rabobank, 1070 Main St. in Cambria.
• Holly Fearnbach will deliver a lecture Friday, May 8, titled“California’s Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins.”
Fearnbach, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, will share current information concerning the dolphins. Included: the life history, population status and human threats to the nomadic dolphins that travel between Baja California and the San Francisco Bay.
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• On Friday, May 15, Joe Burnett of the Ventana Wildlife Society will present“California Condors — The Cambria Connection.”
Burnett will provide current information on the status and health of the California condor flock, along with the role the coastal environment plays in sustaining the population. He also will give an update about condor releases planned for this summer near San Simeon.
•“What Happened to the Pismo Clam?”
will be the topic of a presentation Friday, May 22, by Grant Waltz of Cal Poly. The lecture will focus on natural and human factors leading to the decline in Pismo clam populations since the 1940s. Also covered: how researchers from Cal Poly and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are working toward management decisions that could help clam populations recover.
Each of the three lectures will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Details: 927-2145.