California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday July 11
Note: No Keying Club or Mystery Plant ID this time
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Carleton Eyster

Dune Restoration - A Moving Target
How do you restore habitat for a bird that thrives on bare sand?

Federally Threatened Snowy Plovers live their entire life cycle on the edge, restricted to the narrow sandy ecotone between the ocean and the greater coastline we all enjoy. They hide in the open, effectively camouflaged against the windblown fore dunes, seeking refuge in the footprints we leave behind or behind an isolated sprig of Camissonia or Abronia. They also lay their eggs and raise their precocial, highly mobile young on the outer strand, feeding amongst the beach-cast wrack, driftwood and shell debris. Beach communities are at-risk globally for a number of reasons, most of which are at play right here on Monterey Bay.

Carleton Eyster, biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science for 25 years, will explore the fascinating world of Snowy Plovers and our coastal dune community. He will discuss many of the unique adaptations that allow certain plants and animals to live in this harsh environment and outline some of the threats to this dynamic habitat, highlighting the restoration challenges and opportunities in a landscape dominated by multiple human uses.