2018 Lighthouse Lecture Series

Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the fifth season of the popular Lighthouse Lecture Series. Each presentation takes place in the Fog Signal Building Museum on the third Saturday of the month and features a local naturalist, historian, volunteer or expert presenting on topics of public interest relevant to the Lighthouse or our area. Lectures in September through May will begin at 4 p.m. lectures in June through August will begin at 5 p.m.  All lectures last approximately one hour. This year’s lineup is as follows:

Saturday, January 20, 4 p.m.  – Isaac Rios on Through Native Eyes – Presented

Saturday, February 17, 4 p.m. – Jodi Smith on Even Whales Do It: Sex, Mating, and Menopause among Fish-Eating Killer Whales – Presented

Saturday, March 17, 4 p.m. – Sara Bogard on From Captivity to Open Ocean – Presented

Saturday, April 21, 4 p.m. – Scott Mercer on Whale Research and the 2018 Gray Whale Census – Presented

Saturday, May 5, 4 p.m. – Carina Monica Montoya on California’s Pacific Coast Highway (includes after lecture book signing) – Presented

Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m. – Nancy Morin on Point Arena Lighthouse Wildflower Wonderland – Presented

Saturday, June 2, 5 p.m. – Dr. Cynthia Catton on Causes and Consequences of Large-Scale Bull Kelp Loss in Northern California – Presented

Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m. – Tom Cochrane on The Geology Around the Point Arena Lighthouse – Presented

Saturday, July 14, 5 p.m. – Michael Combs on Logging on the Coast, from a Part-Time Logger’s Perspective – Presented

Saturday, August 4, 5 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on Point Arena Light Station Renovation 2008-2010  Postponed – new date TBD

Saturday, August 25, 5 p.m. – Jeanne Jackson on Nature Sightings at the Point Arena Lighthouse = Presented

Saturday, September 15, 4 p.m. – Eric Wilder & Family on Beings of the Kashia Pomo People

Saturday, October 20, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello on What is B Bryan Preserve?

Saturday, November 17, 4 p.m. – Cea Higgins on Farallones Marine Sanctuary & Coastwalk

Saturday, December 16, 4 p.m. – Hank Birnbaum  on Fort Ross: Then & Now

Admission to all lectures is $5 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc.  To make reservations or for more information on our lecture series and other special events, see our Calendar of Events or call the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809 extension 1.

2019 Lighthouse Lecture Series Call for Presenters

We are currently getting our 2019 Lighthouse Lecture Series program put together and are looking for people interested in presenting lectures on topics related to our area, the Lighthouse, native flora and fauna, area history, nautical subjects, environment, conservation, coastal personalities or any other subject you think would draw visitors to the Lighthouse for the lecture.  Please contact the Point Arena Lighthouse Event Coordinator Kitty Wolfe at kitwolf123@gmail.com or 707-882-2133 for more information or to suggest a topic.

Spotlight On Our Next Lecture

Saturday, September 15 at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Eric Wilder and Family will present  “Beings of the Kashia Pomo People” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Join Eric and family on a discussion about beings depicted in the stories of the Kashaya Pomo people and their application to life lessons on humanity, reciprocity and respect. Wilder and family will share stories and personal insight on some of their most memorable teachings passed down through the generations.

Eric is the grandson of Essie Parrish, one of the most well known spiritual doctors of the Kashaya Pomo people. Her influence has helped to shape Eric’s professional career as an artist, storyteller, and former elected leader of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians. Eric and his family continue the tradition of educating the world about the Kashaya Pomo people for future generations.

Future Lectures

On Saturday, October 20 at 4 p.m.  Judy Bryan Mello will present  “What is B Bryan Preserve?”  as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Judy will answer such questions as, are zebra black with white stripes or white with black stripes? How long is a giraffe tongue and why is it purple? Come learn interesting facts about the African hoof stock at B Bryan Preserve from owner Judy Bryan Mello. B Bryan Preserve is a 110 acre African hoof stock facility that is home to over 90 African mammals, many on the endangered species list. Sable, Kudu and Roan antelope live at the preserve along with 3 species of zebra and a herd of rambunctious male Nubian giraffe. There will also be a 2 person B Bryan Preserve tour and goodie bag ($150 value) raffle to benefit the Lighthouse but you must be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each

Judy and her husband Frank are the owners of B Bryan Preserve.  Frank is originally from California and met Judy in Mississippi through work. In 1998, Frank went to West Texas and fell in love with Sable antelope, so much so that he brought some back to Judy’s family ranch in Mississippi. That was the beginning of B Bryan Preserve. In 2004, Frank retired from corporate life and Judy had an opportunity to move out West with her work. They loaded up 11 animals and moved to their new home in Point Arena. B Bryan Preserve is one of the few private facilities that is certified as a related facility with the American Zoological Association and now houses over 65 animals – Endangered Grevy’s, Hartmann’s and Mountain Zebra, Sable, Roan and Kudu antelope and a bachelor herd of the endangered Nubian Giraffe. In addition to her work at the Preserve Judy still has her corporate job that requires weekly travel and serves on the board of the Point Arena Merchants Association (PAMA).

On Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m. Cea Higgins will present  “Partners in Protection-The California Coastal Trail & Marine Sanctuary”  as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Cea, as Executive Director of  Coastwalk/California Coastal Trail Association,  is uniquely qualified to teach the audience about the history, intent, and future of the California Coastal Trail-when completed the trail will run 1200 unbroken miles from Oregon to Mexico and provide public access to the coastline and a spectacular venue for outdoor recreation & coastal preservation. Coastwalk has lead hikes on the California Coastal Trail for 35 years and works to inspire, educate, and increase the community of coastal advocates for both coastal protection and access.  Hear the stories of the first thru-hike which brought attention to the need to protect the Coast from over-development and resulted in the Passage of Proposition 20 and the Coastal Act. Learn about the intrepid souls who have walked the trail such as the  senior “Coastwalkers” who have spent 2 decades to complete the journey or the first woman to run the trail solo in under 44 days.  Learn why the Trail  and Sanctuary provide a “sandwich” of coastal preservation and how you can best advocate for their preservation.

Cea serves as the Executive Director of Coastwalk California-the only statewide nonprofit with the mission to promote, preserve, and complete the California Coastal Trail-when completed the trail will run 1200 unbroken miles from Oregon to Mexico and provide public access to the coastline and a spectacular venue for outdoor recreation & coastal preservation. Coastwalk has lead hikes on the California Coastal trail for 35 years and works to inspire, educate, and increase the community of coastal advocates for both coastal protection and access.  Cea is currently working on developing programs to increase opportunities for underserved populations to experience the Coastal Trail.  Cea is also the Policy and Volunteer Coordinator for Sonoma Coast Surfrider where she has coordinated beach clean-ups & conducted youth and community marine debris education programs for the last 20 years. She also serves on the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and chaired the Sediment Management Working Group working with governmental agencies and County planning departments to develop climate-smart adaptation policies to more effectively deal with coastal erosion and sea level rise.

An avid surfer, hiker, and trained in marine mammal and sea bird rescue, Cea believes in giving back to the ocean  and coast that she is blessed to enjoy and work to protect.

On Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.  Hank Birnbaum will present  “Fort Ross:  Then & Now”  as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Our North Coast’s Fort Ross served and continues to serve as a very unique crossroads between our native Pomo, the Russians with Alaska Native hunters, and the Spanish/Mexican empire to the south. Learn about the hidden stories, enduring legacy and ongoing activities of Metini-Fort Ross and Fort Ross Conservancy.

Hank is a Bilingual Guide, Educator & Historical Specialist with the Fort Ross Conservancy.  With a graduate degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism Hank lived for 15 years at Lake Baikal in Siberia, where he worked as a national park ranger.  since returning to California has spent 11 years at Fort Ross.