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FLASH FLOOD WARNING NILES CANYON February Membership Meeting: Dead Whales Do Tell Tales
Tuesday 07 February 2017, 07:30pm
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Location: Niles Discovery Church      
36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536  (corner of Nursery Ave. and Niles Blvd.)
Presenter: Moe Flannery

Dead Whales Do Tell Tales – what we learn from post-mortem examinations and museum specimens

As a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, along with the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, responds to any dead whale that washes up along the coast between the Sonoma/Mendocino county line and the San Mateo/Santa Cruz county line.
Each carcass offers scientists the opportunity to learn about the health of whale populations and the threats that they face. By performing necropsies in the field, scientists collect valuable data about whale migration patterns, habitat threats, human impacts, and geographic distribution that help to inform critical conservation decisions and scientific research.

Moe Flannery, Ornithology and Mammalogy Collection Manager, will share some
of the stories uncovered during recent whale post-mortem exams along our local coastlines.

As the Ornithology and Mammalogy Collection Manager at the California Academy of Sciences, Moe Flannery, manages over 140,000 bird and mammal specimens for scientific research. These specimens originate from all parts of the globe and range in size from an 80’ blue whale skeleton to tiny hummingbird eggs. Of particular note is the Academy’s marine mammal collection, which includes the world’s largest collection of California sea lion specimens. Moe serves as Principal Investigator on several grants supporting work with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. In that capacity, she directs field collecting of marine mammal specimens along 400miles of California coast and bay shoreline.

Moe received her M.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University, studying the co-speciation between quill mites and their bird hosts. She holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.

From the South or West via 880, Take Mowry Avenue exit. Follow Mowry across Fremont (toward the hills) to Mission Boulevard, turn left. You will pass Niles Blvd and the Sullivan Underpass. Turn left at Nursery Ave. Turn left on Niles Blvd. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.

From the North via 880
Take Alvarado Niles Boulevard (east): From the freeway exit, turn left to go over the overpass, then in approximately four miles (through Union City and into the Fremont city limits), you will see the church on your left (just after Nursery Ave.).

From Pleasanton or Livermore, or other points to the east of the hills , you can take 680 to the first Mission Boulevard exit, and turn right onto Mission. Stay on Mission until you get to Nursery Avenue, and turn left. Turn left on Niles Blvd. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.

From the North via Mission Boulevard
Turn right on Nursery, and left on Niles Boulevard. You will see the church just on the left after the turn.


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