Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society to feature gray whale program

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society’s General Meeting will feature a program on the longest migration of any mammal, the gray whale. The subject is timely as more than 15,000 gray whales swim by Solana Beach from mid-December to mid-February. The meeting will be held on Friday Jan. 13, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the Fletcher Community Center, 133 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach. Titled “From the Arctic to Baja; the Migration of the Gray Whale,” the talk will be presented by San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT) Volunteer Naturalist Jim Nelson.

Using photos and slides from the NAT, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, plates from the seminal work on Grays, “Eye of the Whale” by Dick Russell, and his own personal photos, Nelson will trace the journey from the feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the breeding and birthing areas in three lagoons in Baja California. He also will review a period in the middle of the 19th century and another in the early part of the 20th century when the Grays were slaughtered to near extinction and discuss their remarkable comeback that has permitted their removal from the endangered species list.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting where refreshments will be served.