General Meeting, Wednesday, May 29th 6PM - 9:30 ish.
Please join us on Wednesday May 29th for the BASK General Meeting to hear David Lindberg present: “Gray Whales: Past, Present, and Future”
Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) are thought to undertake long migrations, from Baja California to Alaska, where the feed on the seasonally productive benthos of the Bering and Chukchi seas. The invertebrates that form their primary prey are restricted to shallow water environments, but global sea-level changes during the Pleistocene eliminated or reduced this critical habitat multiple times. The fossil record of gray whales is coincident with the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation, and it is obvious that gray whales survived these massive changes to their feeding habitat. It was unclear until recently how they may have done this. Their survival following the disappearance of their primary feeding ground appears to have resulted from the fact that they still maintain behavior and sufficient morphology to utilize their ancestral feeding modes. The recovery of gray whale populations has provided opportunities to observe more and more individuals, which in turn has revealed a much larger repertoire of feeding modes, migratory patterns, and breeding habitats than previously suspected. Using past historical events to gauge the evolutionary capacity of taxa helps inform biodiversity planning and policy in a rapidly changing world.
David R. Lindberg is Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator in the UC Museum of Paleontology, and a member of the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley. Prof. Lindberg has conducted research and field work along the rocky shores of the Pacific Rim for over 30 years, and is the author of over 100 scientific papers and 3 books on the evolutionary history of nearshore marine organisms and their habitats. His teaching comprises 3 courses – marine mammals, non-vertebrate zoology and a 2 semester, co-taught phylogenetics course. In addition to his research and teaching, Prof. Lindberg is actively involved in K–16 outreach projects at the UC Museum of Paleontology, focusing on the use of broadband to increase access to scientific resources, and the training of teachers in process of science and evolutionary biology.
Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
953 De Haro St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
6pm Eat, Meet, and Mingle
7pm Club announcements
Bring friends and libations.
Pizza, salad, and home made cookies provided (suggested $8 donation).
In addition to the General Meetings, we conduct monthly Planning Meetings, where we discuss club business, and make plans for new trips and activities. Meetings are hosted by a club member and include a potluck dinner. Location, dates and times vary - see the members only calendar for more details.
Calendar of Events
For a complete calendar of events including paddles, clinics, meetings, etc, login to the Members Only section of this web site. You will need your BASK username and password for this. If you forgot your username and/or password, use Login Help to recover it.
To get an impression of the paddles, clinics, and other events we organize, take a look at the list of recent BASK events:
|May 18, 2013||Art & Architecture paddle, Sausalito|
|May 12, 2013||New Member Paddle: Sea Trek to Paradise Cove|
|May 09, 2013||May Planning Meeting|
|May 05, 2013||T-Rescue, P-Float fine tune clinic|
|May 05, 2013||Treasure Island Round Up- Emeryville|
|May 04, 2013||Rough Water Rescue Clinic (advanced)|
|Apr 28, 2013||Aquatic Park to Bay View Boat club|
|Apr 27, 2013||Delta "Back Door" Paddle|
|Apr 27, 2013||Gonzo 35 mile 15 island paddle|
|Apr 24, 2013||BASK Montly Meeting|
|Apr 21, 2013||Strokes Clinic|
|Apr 21, 2013||Coastal paddle - Wadell creek beach to Natural Bridges|
|Apr 20, 2013||Rodeo to Muir|
|Apr 14, 2013||BASK New Member Paddle - Tomales Bay|
|Apr 13, 2013||Gonzo Practice number 2|
|Apr 10, 2013||April Planning Meeting|
|Apr 06, 2013||Gonzo Practice Paddle number 1|
|Mar 23, 2013||Circumnavigate Knight Island, near Vallejo. Meet @ 9:30am|
|Mar 13, 2013||March Planning Meeting|
|Mar 10, 2013||BASK New Member Paddle - Richmond to Red Rock|
|Mar 08, 2013||IDW Workshop|
|Mar 05, 2013||Night Paddle for Opening of Bay Lights|