Island Foxes. Photo Courtesy Chuck Graham

Thursday, February 8: Natural Resources of San Nicolas Island

Free lecture with William Hoyer

Co-hosted by the Solvang Library.
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
Solvang Library.
1745 Mission Drive in Solvang.

Featured image of San Nicolas Island foxes by Charles Graham

An endemic snail on SNI, Micrarionata feralis. Photo by William Hoyer

San Nicolas Island is the most remote and mysterious of the Channel Islands, and is filled with carefully managed and diverse natural resources.  This is an opportunity to learn more about life on the island from the island’s natural resources manager William Hoyer.  He will review the island’s botanical, animal, and biosecurity programs as well as some of the land-use history of the island.  Attendees will learn about charismatic marine mammals, sly island foxes, and rare plants all the way down to the more cryptic endemic snails.

William Hoyer on Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Photo courtesy of the speaker

William Hoyer, a northern California native, has a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University and has worked with the Navy as a natural resources manager on San Nicolas Island for over five years.  He also serves on the board of directors for the California Invasive Plant Council and is a member of the Islands of the Californias Botanical Collaborative.  William lives in Santa Barbara and spends his free time outdoors and practices wildlife photography.