The first Orange County Natural History Lecture Series event of the new year will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 6, according to an event invitation.
The event will feature Josh Weinik, who will speak about “Our Local Threatened Shorebird, the Western Snowy Plover,” the invitation states. The talk will focus on the basic ecology of the western snowy plover, and the “role that public beaches play in the persistence of this threatened species,” the invitation states.
Weinik works for the city of Newport Beach as a natural resources interpreter and also is a biologist for the OC Western Snowy Plover Beach Roost Survey for the Audubon Society. He earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from California State University in Fullerton, and his graduate work included habitat assessment of the western snowy plover habitat in Newport Beach.
The event will be held at Back Bay Science Center at 600 Shellmaker Road in Newport Beach. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:15 p.m.
The event is free, but organizers request you reserve a space by emailing marine education at newportbeachca dot gov.