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July 2017

A place for discovery

At the symphony of nature that is the NRS's Coal Oil Point Reserve, the undeniable showstopper is the beach. A gleaming, pristine expanse of sand and the glittering Pacific Ocean beckon surfers, runners and photographers, while the infinite ecological details therein attract scientists, scholars and students of every age and interest. Close to campus yet safe enough for the endangered snowy plover to nest, the reserve is a place where people and wildlife live side-by-side in harmony.  Read more >>

Solar tags illuminate woodpecker ways

Featherweight tags powered by the sun promise to revolutionize the tricky business of tracking small birds. Field tests with acorn woodpeckers at the NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation have already upended scientists' views of these avians. To wit: young woodies may be more sly and selfishly strategic than helpful to their hardworking parents. Image: Hana Londoño Oikawa. Read more >>

Refuges against ocean acidification

A new study finds nearshore waters along the Pacific Coast are getting more acidic. That's bad news for mussels, starfish, and other species that build shells and calcareous skeletons. Luckily, some havens with more neutral waters remain. These refuges, says study coauthor and Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves director Carol Blanchette, could buy time for species to adapt to new conditions. Read more >>

Building respect for science

Heather Henter, academic coordinator for the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System, talks about the central role of the NRS in field research at UC, how doing science at UCSD reserves inspires her students, and ways alumni can get involved. Read more >>


A Midsummer Night's Sagehen

In Celtic mythology, the barrier between this world and the nether world stretched thin at midsummer, allowing faeries to cross over into the deep woods. Release your inner faerie at this midsummer celebration of food, music and art in support of the Sagehen Art Program. Book a campsite, bunk or a rustic cabin to spend the night in the forest, if you like. Art installations provided by Sierra Nevada College students and the Sagehen Art Program. Read more >>

Aug. 12, 4 - 9 p.m., Sagehen Creek Field Station, 11616 Sagehen Road, Truckee

Walks and Talks @ 
Valentine Camp Reserve

Soak in the splendor of summer in Mammoth Lakes by taking a naturalist-led walk through the NRS's Valentine Camp Reserve. Pre-registration is required; email Carole Lester, Education Coordinator, carole.lester@ucsb.edu to reserve a spot. Your $20 suggested donation per person goes to support science field trips to the reserve for the children of Inyo and Mono County. Read more >>

July 19 and 26 9:30 a.m.
Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve

July 7 and 12 9:30 a.m.
The Geology of Valentine Reserve

July 13 and 20
Wildlife of Valentine Reserve  9:30 a.m.

July 8 8 a.m.
Introduction to Birding at Valentine

July 6 and 14 9:30 a.m.
Black Bears

July 9, 16, 23, and 30 9:30 a.m.
Sundays at Valentine


Big Sur's lonely redwoods are key to saving the species threatened by climate change
Landels-Hill Big Creek 
The Mercury News

Mission Bay marsh fights San Diego's rising sea level
Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve
Los Angeles Times

Mercury levels are high in elephant seals' bloodstream
Ano Nuevo Island Reserve
San Luis Obispo Tribune

The beach time capsule
Coal Oil Point Reserve
The Current

Young scientists experiment on Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
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