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Los Angeles is one of Global Warming's First Stops

Channel Islands National Park as seen from the Santa Monica Mountains | Photo by Justin Donnelly via Flickr
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If you didn't know, Los Angeles is placed within quite a rare landscape, biologically speaking that is. There are only six Mediterranean Biomes in the world making up 2% of the world's land area and Southern California's coast and surrounding mountains are part of that. This is one of the reasons why congress in 1978 decided bring in the Santa Monica Mountains and the five northern Channel Islands into the Department of the Interior under the National Park Service. They were named the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park.

On Saturday, Resource Conservation District biologist Rosie Dagit, who spends every January in Antarctica and the rest of the year in the Santa Monicas, will hold a talk at the National Park Service's visitor center in Thousand Oaks. Although the presentation is called "Penquins in our Watershed," those cute waddling creatures do not live here (yet!)--she will discuss the similarities between the two areas.

"Antarctica and the Santa Monica Mountains are key locations on the planet that are kind of like the first stop in what's happening in climate change," Dagit explained on the phone from her home office. "We're actually seeing it here, we're seeing these changes."