By Shelly Leachman, UC Santa Barbara Frogs’ ability to survive certain infections could help enhance understanding of how to help humans do the same. A new research endeavor involving multiple institutions, including UC Santa Barbara, will explore that possibility. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the partnership will examine the resilience of amphibians and other […]
Reserve Operations and COVID-19
During the unprecedented public health crisis posed by the spread of COVID-19, the UC Natural Reserve System supports the cancellation of any reservation to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff. Reserve visitation remains the authority of respective campus NRS and reserve staff. Reserves are empowered to make the determination to cancel reservations as needed on a case-by-case basis. COVID-19 Information for UC employees provides guidance for all University of California operations. We consider the well being of our community to be paramount, and enjoin all staff and visitors to continue our exemplary 55-year record of service and safety.
UC Natural Reserve System
About usThe UC Natural Reserve System is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state's major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field scientists, classrooms without walls for students, and nature’s inspiration to all.
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By Kathleen Wong, UC Natural Reserve System Tim Brown spends his summers on top of the Golden State. While other Californians tan at the beach, hold BBQs, or relax at the pool, he makes a beeline for the high country. Striding across snowfields and rock scree atop eastern California’s highest ranges, this UC Santa Cruz […]
By Tim Stephens, UC Santa Cruz The California red-legged frog is a threatened species that has been found on the NRS’s Younger Lagoon Reserve in Santa Cruz, but has not been known to breed there successfully. That may soon change with the construction of a small pond designed to enhance an existing seasonal wetland and […]
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Access to NRS reserves is by permission only. Reserves are available for teaching, research, and public service, but not general recreation.