Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Annual Conservation Symposium
The Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium, established in 2012, is designed to address topics that are critical to environmental conservation in our region, as well nationally and internationally. The keynote speaker is the winner of that year's Pritzlaff Conservation Award , which is given to a global trailblazer in conservation. Typically, additional expert speakers are chosen to provide a well-rounded discussion on the topic chosen that year. This year, we will be honoring our award winner, Dr. Daniel Simberloff, at the California Islands Symposium, of which we are co-chairs and fiscal agents. It is fitting that we are helping to support this 9th symposium, just over 50 years after the Garden initiated and sponsored the first symposium in 1965. The Islands Symposia have been held every five years or so since then, and present recent work in all disciplines of natural, environmental, and cultural science on the California Islands, which include all of the islets, rocks, and islands off the Pacific coast of California and Baja California, Mexico. This event will take place October 3-7, 2016, at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel located in Ventura, California.