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March 2017
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The world of fungi on a redwood

The world's tallest trees contain distinct communities of fungi within their vast canopies. This impressively diverse fungal microbiome, revealed through DNA sequencing, lives on and inside redwood leaves. The study  sampled trees across the entire range of Sequoia sempervirens, including a 200-plus footer at the NRS's Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve.  Read more >>

Conservation heroes at Coal Oil Point 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized the NRS's Coal Oil Point Reserve for decades of work to recover the federally threatened western snowy plover. Reserve director Cris Sandoval and her staff restored vegetation on the dunes, giving plovers the nesting habitat they required. They also launched a docent program that keeps beach visitors from trampling young and disturbing breeding birds. Thanks to their efforts, the reserve has become a key wintering and nesting location for the plovers. Read more >>

What lurks beneath

An arresting video clip from UC San Diego records the emergence of a sea monster at the NRS's Scripps Coastal Reserve. In a scene straight out of a horror movie, a sucker-lined arm curls about the bluffs above the reserve's beach while an oblivious jogger runs straight to the giant appendage. Reserve waters do protect all manner of astonishing marine life, including seals, sharks, and (typically smaller) octopi. As for the creature in the video? That cgi cephalopod would be a real record-breaker.

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EVENTS

Mar. 9  Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
Science and management of the desert tortoise
6 p.m. UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert

The desert tortoise has had threatened species status since 1989. But after more than 25 years and millions of dollars spent, populations of this reptile continue to trend downward. Professor Richard Tracy of the University of Nevada, Reno, who has helped lead tortoise recovery efforts, will discuss solutions. RSVP requested.

Mar. 11  Sedgwick Reserve Public Hikes
2  p.m. 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez

Easy, moderate, and strenuous hikes led by docents who will describe the reserve's geological and ecological features are available. Please register in advance.

Mar. 24 Walking Ecology Lecture Series
What constitutes refugia for bats in a warming, drying climate?
9 a.m.-noon Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez

A postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho, Rachel Blakey examines what makes some California oak woodlands climate refuges for bats. At 24 sites across the state, Rachel has used acoustic bat detectors and insect light traps to survey bats and their prey in ponds, streams and dry woodlands. She wants to understand whether habitats that provide drinking water and abundant insects, such as Sedgwick Reserve's pond, will enable bats to persist in a warming and drying climate. After the talk, Rachel will walk outside to introduce you to bat acoustics and the natural history of the 12 species of bats found at the reserve. 

NRS IN THE NEWS

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KRCB

Elephant seal set swim record, gives birth
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UPI

Jack A. Sweeney obituary
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center
Los Angeles Times
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