Pictured is a South Georgia Island tidewater glacier. (Andrea Tuttle — Contributed)

Andrea Tuttle will present a free lecture titled “South Georgia Island: What does a small, distant island have to do with the Arcata Marsh?” Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on South G Street.

The South Georgia Island lies in the sub-Antarctic, 1,000 miles east of the tip of South America. Fed by nutrient upwelling, it teems with fur seals, penguins, nesting albatross and other pelagic species.

A press release for the event states: “Like Humboldt Bay, it serves as a beacon of hope for successful ecosystem recovery after past exploitation. But also like Humboldt, it faces the overarching threats of climate change.”

Tuttle’s talk will tell the story of overhunted seals, Norwegian whalers, invasive reindeer and rats and the aggressive conservation efforts to restore the wild reserve of today.

Tuttle, now a consultant in forest and climate policy, formerly served as director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and member of the California Coastal Commission and Northcoast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

This talk is sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh. Seating is limited to the first 50 attendees, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 707-826-2359.


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