Rancho Los Cerritos Explores Whales, Dolphins & Sea Otters

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rancho-los-cerritosJoin Neighbors of RLC for Coffee, Conversation and an Exciting Exploration of Sea Life with Jim Dines, Curator of Marine Mammals, Natural History Museum of LA County. Intrigued by the glorious nature of marine mammals? On Saturday, April 25, 2009, the Neighbors of Rancho Los Cerritos will host a morning coffee and conversation with Jim Dines from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site.

Jim Dines will be speaking about the Marine Mammal Program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. With over 35 million specimens and objects in 16 different research collections, LA’s natural history museum is one of the largest of its kind in the US.

As head of the museum’s Mammalogy Department, Dines manages the mammal collections and is involved with the planning of new exhibits and programming. Dines also oversees the museum’s Marine Mammal Program and in that capacity he studies the deaths of whales and dolphins off the southern California coast. He was recently part of the scientific team that investigated the mortal ship strikes of several blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel in the fall of 2007.

The event is free and open to all. Bring the entire family and come enjoy a relaxing morning in the Rancho Los Cerritos gardens. Mix and mingle with your neighbors, then adjourn to the library for Dines’ program and discover something new about these gentle and playful sea creatures. For more information, please call (562) 570-1755. Rancho Los Cerritos is located on 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach 90807.

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