Conejo Open Space Foundation 2019 Speaker Series - June 27, August 15, October 17

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Join the fun and enhance your knowledge of our open spaces, learn amazing facts about our local wildlife, regional geology, and our human connections to the land. You are sure to come away with a new appreciation of our region’s natural wonders!

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Suggested donation $10

GRANT R. BRIMHALL LIBRARY, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks (The speaker series is not a Thousand Oaks Library sponsored event.)

Check-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m. Talk starting at 6:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy refreshments and talk with our local community partners. Reservations suggested

Living together with mountain lions and other wildlife
Thursday, June 27th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Seth Riley

Seth is a Wildlife Ecologist with the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. He will be talking about the local mountain lion populations, threats to their survival and ways we can both coexist with mountain lions and other wildlife in our open space and benefit by living together.

Seth grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first became interested in wildlife by way of snakes. He graduated in 1988 from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in Animal Behavior and Ecology, and then went to the University of California, Davis for a Ph.D. in Ecology in 1999. At the beginning of 2000, Seth began in his current position as Wildlife Ecologist with the National Park Service at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. His current projects, all related to the impacts of urbanization on wildlife, include a mountain lion GPS telemetry study covering the influence of rat poison and pesticides on wild mammals, a bobcat telemetry study and a number of projects on the impacts offreeways on wildlife. Seth co-edited a book on Urban Carnivores which published in 2010, and a book on the effects of roads on smaller wildlife species, which came out in 2015.

The formation of the Conejo Valley and its earthquake risk
Thursday, August 15th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Derek Field

Derek has recently been focusing his career on offering interpretive hikes and talks to the general public on local geologic origins and features. His presentation will include some surprising information on the formation of familiar landmarks in the Conejo Valley and the potential for seismic changes that might impact our communities and open space.

Derek is originally from Calgary, Canada. He received his B.S. in Geology from California Lutheran University and then earned his Master’s degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University. His Master’s thesis involved mapping and interpreting ancient volcanic rocks in the High Sierra. In between his studies, he did a number of Andean expeditions and walked 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. In the past year, Derek worked as a visiting lecturer for the geology department at California Lutheran University. Besides teaching, he has led field trips to Death Valley, Owens Valley and the Grand Canyon. Additionally, he recently led a Conejo Recreation and Parks hike to Simi Peak, explaining the geologic formations to the Open Space Appreciation hiking group. He loves empowering people with knowledge about the geology of the land around them.

The 6 dimensions of open space
Thursday, October 17th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Aly Covington

Aly's talk focuses around the six dimensions of wellness, which include Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Connectional, Environmental and Spiritual. In this engaging presentation, she will talk about why it is important to mindfully focus on total wellness in our lives and how the open space can help us build resilience and enable us to thrive and live life to the fullest!

Aly Covington grew up in Agoura Hills. She received her B.A. in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Cal State University Northridge, as well as her M.S. in Health Administration. She has over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry and owns her own business called ABC’s Village, helping individuals of all ages and skill levels achieve their wellness and performance goals. Aly has a passion for inspiring healthy habits at an early age and was awarded the Youth Advocate of the Year award in 2008 by the National Alliance of Women Business Owners for her efforts to combat childhood obesity. She enjoys community outreach and has served on the Westlake Village Cultural Advisory Board. An avid hiker and trail runner, Aly loves the outdoors and considers the open space her “happy place.”