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August 2015

NRS Fair marks 50th anniversary

The Natural Reserve System brought a taste of the science, art, teaching, and natural wonders of its 39 reserves to the heart of downtown Oakland this Tuesday, August 11, for the NRS Fair. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the outdoor terrace at UC’s Office of the President to attend. They chatted with graduate student researchers, marveled at animal skulls, held a woodpecker granary, and gained a new appreciation for the value of the reserve system. Read more >>

Bringing field ecology online

UCSC Professor Erika Zavaleta is on a mission: to introduce a more diverse array of students to the glories of ecology. To make it possible for more students to appreciate California habitats, she's building an online class starring NRS reserves in field trip videos. Read more >>
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

New national monument for Northern California

President Obama established the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument on July 10. The new designation brings national recognition and additional protections to a 100-mile long stretch of federal lands. Three nearby UC NRS reserves will benefit from increased cooperation in terms of land management, greater attention to regional conservation, and a higher profile for their scientific research and public outreach programs. Read more >>
Changing California

Changing California: climate science at the NRS

Earth's climate is changing, but scientists don't know how ecosystems will respond. UC Santa Cruz ecologists Barry Sinervo and Laurel Fox founded a climate observatory called ISEECI to study the impacts of climate change across the UC Natural Reserve System. Watch video >>


Acorn woodpecker


The distinctive calls of acorn woodpeckers echo across the oak woodlands of the NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation. With a polygynandrous (multiple males and females in a single breeding group), these birds are the subject of the longest-running vertebrate research project in the world. Read more >>

Wildfires sear NRS reserves

The Rocky Fire, the Wragg Fire, and the Jerusalem Fire have put two UC Davis reserves in the hot seat this summer. Most of Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve was incinerated; the reserve is now closed until spring. And more than 1,000 acres of McLaughlin Natural Reserve have gone up in flames this August, although reserve facilities have largely been spared. Read more >>

NRS Fair Timelapse

Did you miss this Tuesday's NRS Fair? Want to relive the excitement? Here's your chance with this 10 second time-lapse video shot by NRS photographer Lobsang Wangdu. Read more >>


California wildflowers suffering from California drought
McLaughlin Natural History Reservation

UC Davis wildlife reserve closed by Wragg fire
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve
Sacramento Bee

Firefighers launch offensive against 16,500-acre Jerusalem Fire
McLaughlin Natural Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle

Ocean tracks: students analyze marine migration data
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
Oceans of Data Institute

"Barn" covered in reflective glass makes it almost invisible in California woodland
Sagehen Creek Field Station
Daily Mail
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