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OCC ANNOUNCES SUMMER RABBIT ISLAND COURSES
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Orange Coast College will offer four different science-themed courses next summer at its beautiful Rabbit Island facility in British Columbia.

Located approximately 50 miles north of the city of Vancouver, at the top of the Strait of Georgia, Rabbit Island was donated to the college in 2003 by Southern California yachtsman, Henry Wheeler of Downey. This will mark the third summer in a row that classes have been offered at the facility.

Rabbit Island is home to Orange Coast College's Wheeler Research Station. The heavily wooded 40-acre isle rests in a beautiful archipelago. An abundance of narrow passages, beaches and coves, teeming with marine life, encompass the area.

OCC's summer 2006 Rabbit Island schedule is posted on the college's website, at orangecoastcollege.edu. Persons should click on "Class Schedules," and then on "Rabbit Island Courses."

Courses that will be offered next summer include "Field Archaeology" (Anthropology 282), "Rabbit Island Biodiversity Survey 2006" (Biology 291AD), "Independent Study on the Natural History of Vertebrates" (Biology 292AD) and "Island Ecology" (Ecology 110).

The three-unit "Field Archaeology" class introduces students to strategies and techniques required for the archaeological excavation of a prehistoric site. The class is scheduled to meet on the island Sunday through Friday, June 25-30.

Course instructor, Dr. William Breece, is an OCC anthropology professor. He taught a "Field Archaeology" course at the island last summer. For information about the class, contact Breece at (714) 432-5798.

In the one-unit "Rabbit Island Biodiversity Survey 2006" class, students will design and conduct a biological survey of the island. The course will meet at Rabbit Island Sunday through Friday, June 5-9.

The course will be taught by Marc Perkins, an OCC instructor in biological sciences. Perkins taught a class at the island last summer. For information about the class, contact Perkins at (714) 432-5847.

The two-unit "Independent Study on the Natural History of Vertebrates" will compare the phylogeny, life history, behavior and ecology of vertebrates living in Southern California to those found on and around Rabbit Island. The course will meet at the island Sunday through Friday, July 2-9.

The course will be taught by OCC biology instructor, Kelli Elliott. For information about the course, contact Elliott at (714) 432-0202.

The three-unit "Island Ecology" class will explore the marine intertidal environment of the Rabbit Island archipelago. The course will be taught by OCC marine science professor, Dennis Kelly. Kelly, who taught an ecology class at the island the past two summers, was named OCC's Faculty Member of the Year for 2004-05. He has conducted extensive killer whale research just south of the Strait of Georgia, in Puget Sound.

The one-week "Island Ecology" class meets at Rabbit Island Sunday through Friday, Aug. 6-11. For information about the course, phone Kelly at (714) 432-5564.

OCC's Wheeler Research Station consists of four large water-view cabins, a cozy lodge and outbuildings. Resting under trees and on top of rock outcroppings, the cabins and lodge are on different elevations and are connected by wooden walkways. The island has its own power generating station, using diesel, solar and wind generation. A desalinization system provides fresh water.