Alvarado uses software to measure the outline of elephant seals in drone photographs. Image courtesy Costa Lab, UC Santa Cruz … [Read More...] about Weighing seals by drone
The 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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The palette of the Colorado Desert is often subdued—its dun soils, beige sands, and gray rocks are typically enlivened by … [Read More...] about Anza-Borrego 2019 super bloom
Sierra Nevada headwater streams like this one are usually perennial but can become intermittent during droughts. Image … [Read More...] about Drought in Sierra streams
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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.