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November 2016

Dynamic magic: Kenneth S. Norris Rancho Marino Reserve

From the shores of the mighty Pacific Ocean to a rare native stand of Monterey pines, UCSB’s Kenneth S. Norris Rancho Marino Reserve in Cambria is an astounding display of ecological diversity and abundance. Reserve director Don Canestro presides over a coastal kingdom that welcomes sea otters, scientists, and students of nature from around the world.  Read more >>

Spying on climate change in California

New technology is bringing an unprecedented level of environmental surveillance to sites throughout California and beyond as part of a UC systemwide effort to understand and predict the effects of climate change on the state's ecosystems. Cameras are monitoring changes in the vegetation, lasers are tracking carbon flow in coastal redwood forests, and environmental sensors are recording the microclimates experienced by plants. It's all part of the NRS's Institute for the Study of Ecological and Environmental Climate Change. Read more >> 
fog redwoods

Foggy link between redwoods, climate change

Climate forecasts suggests the fog that often obscures northern California coasts in summer could be declining. That could spell disaster for coast redwoods and their ecosystems, which rely on fog for dry season moisture. Now a major new initiative called The Summen Project is examining the connections between coastal fog, redwoods, climate change, and human perceptions of shifting conditions. Their findings will contribute to the NRS's Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts (ISEECI).  Read more >>

 

The mighty Phyllis

Named after a 'go-getter' philanthropist, this flippered mother of two swam farther west than any other tracked elephant seal. Phyllis's feat astonished Año Nuevo Island Reserve researchers, who have been following the migrations of these powerful pinnipeds for the past 22 years. Read more >>

Eight-legged Lothario

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night stays these suitors from their quest: to seek a fertile female and father her infant spiderlets. At Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, this fine fellow was spotted easing his front legs into a narrow burrow in hopes of encountering a lady love. Look for these hirsute natives prowling roads and open spaces across California until truly cold weather sets in.

EVENTS


Nov. 10  Boyd Deep Canyon Public Lecture Series

6 p.m. UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA

A big brain: how'd we get it and what do you feed it?
Look at the care and maintenance of our minds, and how humans got these big brains in the first place. Discussions led by Christopher Hancock, MD, of Desert Medical Imaging and Joesph Scherger, MD, of Eisenhower Medical Center. 

NRS IN THE NEWS

Endangered native frog rebounding in Yosemite park
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
The Mercury News

In Yosemite, endangered yellow-legged frogs are making a comeback
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
Los Angeles Times

Elephant seal sets record by swimming farthest west
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
Associated Press

Santa Cruz redwood trees suffering from drought
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
KSBW 

Researchers challenge commonly-held beliefs about rattlesnakes
Sedgwick Reserve
KCBX
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