How is it that California, the most populous state in the nation, has also learned to live well with the sea, protecting some of the most spectacular marine wildlife and scenic coastline on Earth?
In “The Golden Shore, California’s Love Affair with the Sea,” author David Helvarg explores the history, culture and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean, including the relationship between San Diego and the Navy.
Join Helvarg for a special lecture from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, during which he will share his passionate tale of one of the most stunning human and natural habitats to be found anywhere on Earth: the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline.
Helvarg’s new book takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the Mexican border. Throughout the book, Readers are taken to various seamounts rich with ocean wildlife.
Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase or can be pre-purchased through the aquarium gift shop by calling 858-534-8753.
Helvarg is founder and executive director of the Blue Frontier Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working for ocean and coastal conservation. An award-winning journalist, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Sierra and Parade, and has produced more than 40 documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel and others. His previous books include “Rescue Warriors” and “Saved by the Sea.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla.
Tickets are $8 each.
Those interested in attending the event should RSVP by calling the aquarium at 858-534-5771, or by visiting their website.
*Contributed by Birch Aquarium at Scripps