UC Natural Reserve System lands are home to dozens of vulnerable animal and plant species. These range from some of the state's rarest amphibians to endemic plants to icons of the West such as bighorn sheep. Studies conducted at the 39 reserves of the NRS informs how these species are managed, which helps preserve the Golden State's extraordinary biological diversity.
Scientists "can work in protected areas that allow them to follow the biology and the ecosystem dynamics of these rare and endangered species. We're really proud of that," says Peggy Fiedler, executive director of the NRS.
California Ecology and Conservation, UC Natural Reserve System
California Ecology and Conservation transforms University of California undergraduates into field scientists. Over seven weeks of visiting UC Natural Reserves, students learn to detect natural patterns, frame questions into feasible study topics, and practice field techniques while conducting increasingly independent research studies. Students hone their public speaking, statistics, and scientific writing skills while gaining an overview of California's diverse ecosystems.
The UC Natural Reserve System, UC Natural Reserve System
Join two of the founders of the NRS, Kenneth S. Norris and Mildred Mathias for an overview of the NRS circa 1989. Filmed at more than a half-dozen reserves , this movie includes views of classes hiking into Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, researchers observing acorn woodpeckers at Hastings Natural History Reservation, entomologists capturing insects at Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, and more.