2017 Lighthouse Lecture Series

Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the fourth season of the popular Lighthouse Lecture Series. Each presentation takes place in the Fog Signal Building Museum 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:

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi of Casari Ranch on Nature as Healer/Teacher – Presented

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4 p.m. – Eric Wilder, grandson of Essie Parrish, on Yomta: Essie Parrish Through my Eyes – Presented

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 4 p.m. – Jeanne Jackson  on Rare, Unusual and Beautiful Mendonoma Nature Sightings

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4 p.m. – Steve Oliff on History of Point Arena and the Lighthouse

June 18, 2017, 5 p.m. – Lauren Sinnott on The Painted Portrait, Past and Present

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 5 p.m. – Tanya Smart on The History of the Point Cabrillo Light Station

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 5 p.m. – Lisa Giacomini on Running of The Red Abalone

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello on The Silent Extinction

October – TBD

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on The Silent Extinction

December  – TBD

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.

Spotlight On Our Next Lecture

Green…Blue…Purple Flash by Allen Vinson

On Sunday, April 16 Jeanne Jackson  will present a stunning slideshow and talk on “Rare, Unusual and Beautiful Mendonoma Nature Sightings.”  Jeanne has selected some of her favorite photos submitted for her column to share with the audience. They feature the rarest photos of them all, of a Fata Morgana, a photographable mirage on the ocean. They include a wildflower with what looks like an alien face in the center, a green flash which morphs into a rare blue flash, and then an even rarer violet flash, unusual insects and rare wildflowers. It will be a taste of all things in nature on the Mendonoma coast, including the biggest creature of them all, the Blue Whale.

Jeanne Jackson (photo by Craig Tooley)

Jeanne moved to the coast 21 years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up. Eleven years ago she queried Editor/Publisher of the Independent Coast Observer, J. Stephen McLaughlin, about writing a column where people share their nature sightings. Jackson’s popular column has expanded to be one full page (and sometimes more). To further share the many photos she receives every week, she started a daily Sightings blog from her website.  Jeanne enjoys hiking with her husband, Richard, and their rescue golden retriever, Sunny, believing that her connection with Nature adds immensely to her life.

Future Lecture Series Details

On Sunday, July 16 Tanya Smart, President of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association,  will give an informative and fascination presentation on “The History of the Point Cabrillo Light Station.” This presentation will cover the history, technology and restoration of Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park.

Tanya began volunteering at Point Cabrillo in 1999 as the Education Program coordinator. She joined the Board of the North Coast Interpreter’s Association (precursor to PCLK) in 2000 and served as the Interim Executive Director for that organization from January through August of 2001. Tanya joined the Board of the PCLK in 2001 upon its incorporation.  In addition to PCLK Board duties, Tanya assists with volunteer coordination and training, coordination of the annual Whale Festivals and overseeing the education program. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences and MA in Zoology from the University of California at Davis and teaches Environmental Science and Marine Mammal Biology for Mendocino College. Current volunteer activities in addition to working with the PCLK are with The Fort Bragg Operations Group of The Marine Mammal Center where she rescues stranded marine mammals and gives education programs.

On Sunday, August 20 Lisa Giacomini will present “Running of the Red Abalone.” This will be a varied presentation with both some fun stuff about the stunning sea snail and facts about the Red Abalone that we find here on the North Coast. How we find them, take them and prepare them for eating. Maybe a few diving stories thrown in for fun!

Lisa is a resident of Point Arena and lives with her husband Warren Giacomini on Windy Hollow Road. Lisa has been diving since 1992 and is also  NAUI certified for SCUBA. Lisa’s other interests are entrepreneurial related where she invents, designs and manufactures lifesaving equipment for police, firefighters and military. Her hobbies include spearfishing, growing Mendocino Renegade Certified foods, cooking, forest foraging for mushrooms and hunting and generally everything “outdoors”. Lisa is the Head Cook and Bottle Washer for Baby Tomato.  Lisa and her husband Warren also offer personalized Abalone diving lessons for those who would like to learn about our beautiful, blue pacific from May through October. Don’t be afraid!! Just DO IT!

On Sunday, September 17 Judy Bryan Mello will present “The Silent Extinction.” This unique lecture will address the dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years that has seen the world’s tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. What is happening with the giraffe?

Judy’s husband 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 (BBP). 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.  BBP 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  and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Sable, Roan and Kudu antelope and a bachelor herd of the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. In addition to her work at BBP, Judy still has her corporate job that requires weekly travel and serves on the board of the Point Arena Merchants Association (PAMA).