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August 2016
Doug and Patrick on Año Nuevo Island Reserve

NRS on "Open Road" TV

The NRS hit network TV airwaves this July when "Open Road with Doug McConnell" featured a seven-minute segment about the world's largest university-administered network of reserves. No surprise: the NRS was more than ready for its closeup. Reserve directors, faculty scientists, student researchers, and NRS director Peggy Fiedler all got a turn before the camera. They shared air time with elephant seals and kangaroo rats, the craggy shorelines of Santa Cruz Island Reserve, schoolchildren hiking through oak forests at Sedgwick, and much more. A thousand thanks to veteran TV host and all-around great guy Doug McConnell and his colleagues at ConvergenceMedia for the opportunity. Read more and watch video >>

Sagehen wolverine resurfaces

He's baaack: the only wolverine currently known to reside in California has been spotted again at the NRS's Sagehen Creek Field Station. This fine male has apparently returned to his old haunts, as Sagehen was the site of its original discovery in 2008. Reserve managers spotted the wolverine's tracks in the snow this January. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff confirmed the finding, then set out trail cams that yielded two videos of the wolverine in action. Image: California Department of Fish and Wildlife  Read more >>  Watch video >>

Cutting the forest for the trees

In a year when a record 66 million Sierra conifers have perished to due drought and insect damage, the potential for catastrophic wildfire weighs on everyone's mind. In a bid to reduce forest fire risks, limit tree overcrowding, and improve habitat for wildlife, the NRS's Sagehen Creek Field Station is pioneering a new way to manage western forests. Woodpeckers, bears, and water levels should all benefit from this experimental approach, showcased in a piece by ABC 7 News in the Bay Area. Watch video >>

 

Rock Creek wildflowers

The NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory is hosting a special summer lecture by author Cathy Rose and photographer Stephen Ingram, who have teamed up to produce Rock Creek Wildflowers, a guide to the colorful flora of an eastern Sierra haven. They'll present some of the most interesting plants of Little Lakes Valley, a favorite of flower lovers, hikers, anglers, and climbers. The book will be available for purchase at the talk. Wednesday August 3, 7-8 p.m., Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Rd., Mammoth Lakes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to park and find a seat. Image credit: Elephant's heads, Stephen Ingram

Prickly beauty

The California barrel cactus, native to California's eastern Mojave and western Sonoran deserts, can grow more than six feet tall. This bloom graced the NRS's Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center.

NRS IN THE NEWS

Are California redwood trees the answer to global warming?
Angelo Coast Range Reserve
San Jose Mercury News

Blue Serengeti
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
Discovery Channel

Ocean acidification tips predator-prey balance
Bodega Marine Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle

Sharks feed frenzy of escape to La Jolla
Scripps Coastal Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle
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