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August 2017

New director at Deep Canyon

He's traveled the world studying cold-blooded animals in hot, dry climates. Now Christopher Tracy, reptile physiology researcher, is settling down to be director of the NRS's Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. Learn more about Tracy's science and his aspirations in the position held for 35 years by former director and NRS mainstay Allan Muth. Read more >>

Wildlife rescue at Stebbins

The rodents were headed for death if researcher Ben Plourde couldn't get past the fire blockade and into Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Speedy action by the researcher, reserve staff, and safety personnel saved the lives of these wild study subjects. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve director Jeffrey Clary tells the tale. Read more >>

Mapping for botanists

UC Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium Workshops aim to provide educational opportunities for professional and amateur botanists. 

Oct. 20-22
GIS for botanists
Instructors: Michelle Koo, Heather Constable

Learn to use Geographic Information Systems mapping technology to answer questions about biodiversity, conservation, ecology and related fields while staying at the NRS's Blue Oak Ranch Reserve east of San Jose. The course is geared toward plant scientists and consultants working with field or historic data. Participants will learn how to make custom field maps and, depending on group familiarity with GIS, analyze data within the program. Utilizing free Quantium GIS software, we'll cover the fundamentals of working with geographic, mapping, Global Positioning Systems, land cover, and other spatial data. Read more >>



Sierra California Naturalist course

Three NRS reserves will be hosting a California Naturalist course spanning the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Immersion Course begins at Yosemite Field Station, explores the gradient shift in climate, geology, and ecology up and over Tioga Pass, and ends at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp Reserve on the eastern side around Mammoth Lakes. Participants earn a California Naturalist certificate; four academic units are available to teachers and undergrads for an additional fee. Oct. 1-7; apply by Aug. 10. Read more >>

WANTED: Flying squirrels

San Bernardino flying squirrels were among the characters scientists encountered more than a century ago in the mountains of southern California. Now researchers are looking to see if these high elevation animals still persist at the NRS's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve. If you've seen this squirrelly character in and around the reserve, report it to authorities at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Read more >>


At Berryessa National Monument, wildflowers and rebirth
Stebbins Cold Canyon
New York Times

Elephant seals can recognize rhythm and pitch
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
National Public Radio

Elephant seals recognize vocal rhythm
Año Nuevo Island Reserve

Elephant seals recognize vocal rhythms to avoid bullies
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
PBS News Hour

New search mission for flying squirrel in San Jacinto Mountains
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Idyllwild Town Crier

Cute chicks—helping snowy plovers at the zoo
Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve
Santa Barbara Zoo
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