Mangelsen nature gallery hails successful pupping season
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From left, Seal Conservancy of San Diego president Ellen Shively, diver Judith Garfield and conservancy executive director Adrian Kwiatkowsi gathered at the May 22 Seal-a-bration at La Jolla's Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery.                                  PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
From left, Seal Conservancy of San Diego president Ellen Shively, diver Judith Garfield and conservancy executive director Adrian Kwiatkowsi gathered at the May 22 Seal-a-bration at La Jolla's Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery. PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
Seal enthusiasts held a Seal-a-bration Thursday, May 22, at La Jolla's Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery to mark the end of another successful pupping season at La Jolla's Children's Pool.

“We had 54 pups,” said Ellen Shively, presidient of the Seal Conservancy of San Diego (formerly La Jolla Friends of the Seals). “it's slightly above average from past years, when we've had 46 or so.”

The goal of the nonprofit wildlife group is to preserve the La Jolla harbor seal colony for ecological, educational, scientific, historic and scenic opportunities.

“We're celebrating the seals and a successful pupping season, and we are raising financial resources to continue our advocacy for the seals,” said Adrian Kwiatkowski, the conservancy's executive director.

Kwiatkowski said the group's name was changed because “it more accurately reflects our membership of not only La Jolla residents but also a broader scope of seal advocacy.”

Special guests during the two-hour celebration included San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald and Judith Garfield, a diver, marine naturalist, columnist and author of “Latest Findings of Our Resident Harbor Seals.” The event at the gallery, 7916 Girard Ave., also featured a silent auction.

Asked about encountering the seals during her many dives, Garfield noted, “Harbor seals are very shy.”

She said she's been fortunate to have had a “a couple of fantastic experiences” in encounters with seals.

“I don't approach them,” Garfield said. “If they want to come, they will.”

Shively said seals can live up to 30 years and that they become sexually mature at age 5.

The La Jolla gallery is one of eight belonging to wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, who lives near Yellowstone Park and was friends with the late “Spence” Wilson, former manager of La Jola's defunct Cove Theater.

Kathy Hatch, manager of Mangelsen's La Jolla Village gallery, said the 68-year-old wildlife photographer, son of a Nebraska dime store owner, has been in the museum photography business for 40 years now. Hatch said Mangelsen has an exhibit currently showing at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Seal docents at Children's Pool, numbering more than a dozen, were also saluted at the Seal-a-bration.

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June 13, 2014
This "new" name for this group of animal rights extremists should be a warning to all the La Jolla Cove users that they will be coming after your right to access the Cove next. They've stolen the Children's Pool from the people of San Diego. The Cove is in their sights next.
May 28, 2014
Dear Readers,

This blatant misappropriation of the generous gift to San Diego of the Children's Pool by Ellen Browning Scripps is a travesty. Allowing her wishes and intentions to be ignored is a sin against this true philanthropist and her legacy should be enforced against these nouveau riche self absorbed socialites. They should be ashamed.

Read what the San Diego Historical Society writes:

The Children's Pool was created in 1931 through a trust by Ellen Browning Scripps, a prominent La Jolla benefactress, to build a breakwater so children could safely swim at the beach.

Miss Scripps was born October 18, 1836 in London, England. Her twice widowed father emigrated to the United States in 1844 and settled in Rushville, Illinois 1844 with his six children. He

established a farm and married again.

Miss Scripps was a diligent reader of literature throughout her life. She attended several private schools and eventually graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1856. She then

pursued a teaching career for 8 years in private and public schools.

She joined her brother, James E, the founder of the Detroit Evening News in 1873. She invested her hard earned savings in the project, and it has become one of the most successful newspapers in the country. Over time, she continued to invest her savings into more newspaper enterprises. She became a keen business woman and worked hard to achieve her wealth.

When she realized her wealth, she put funds aside as "a trust for the benefit of humanity." In addition to her earned wealth, she also became the recipient of a large legacy from her brother George H. Scripps, who died in 1900. She further felt the need to distribute her wealth, rather than to keep it solely

for herself.

In 1896, she retired and settled in La Jolla. Miss Scripps gave away several millions to La Jolla and the surrounding communities during the last 30 years of her life. Some of her major contributions include:

1903 George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory (now Scripps Institution of Oceanography), La Jolla

1912 La Jolla Precinct, including The La Jolla Woman's Club

1913 La Jolla Playground (now La Jolla Recreation Center)

1915 Scripps Aquarium, La Jolla (now Birch Aquarium at Scripps)

1915 Scripps Park, La Jolla

1918 A. R. Valentien watercolor paintings of California wildflowers, now at San Diego Natural History Museum

1923 Scripps Aviary, San Diego Zoo

1924 Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla

1924 Scripps Metabolic Clinic (now Scripps Clinic), La Jolla

1926 Scripps College for Women (now Scripps College), Claremont, California

1931 Scripps Children's Pool (originally Seal Rock Point), La Jolla

Miss Scripps believed in dedicating her legacy for the benefit of others. She died in La Jolla, August 3, 1932.

**Information provided by the San Diego Historical Society
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