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Lecture: Wildlife and the Salinas: Can native ecosystems survive in the "Salad Bowl of the World" - Monterey Audubon Society, March Meeting

The Salinas River is home to countless native bird species and several Important bird areas of state and global significance. At the same time, the Salinas is the backbone of one of the World's most important and lucrative agricultural areas. Join us for an important talk by Steve Shimek on how the agricultural industry is impacting regional wildlife and what can be done to reduce the industry's harms.

Steve Shimek is the founder of Monterey Coastkeeper and also serves as executive director of The Otter Project. The mission of the Monterey Coastkeeper is to protect and heal coastal resources of the Central Coast. Steve also serves on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Otter Recovery Implementation Team and is Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) Conservation Working Group. He is a member of the MBNMS Advisory Council and serves on the Marine Protected Area Working Group."

All monthly Audubon meetings are held at the Pacific Grove Museum on the second Tuesday of the month. All meetings are free and members and non-members are welcome! Doors open at 7 p.m. with soft drinks and cookies provided by MAS hospitality. The talk is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Monterey Audubon has been devoted to the understanding, conservation and enjoyment of Central California's birdlife since 1943. We strive to connect communities and individuals to the region's avifauna through educational programs and outdoor recreation. As a chapter of America's oldest conservation group we are also committed to advocacy on behalf of native avifauna and ecosystems as well as the implementation of stewardship practices which conserve and restore the Monterey region's precious biological diversity and wildlife.