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August 2019

Conservation genomics at NRS

A $10 million grant from the state of California will enable a new UC project to conduct a sweeping study of the genomics of vulnerable native species. After sampling plants and animals at NRS reserves and beyond, the project will identify genes for climate resilience, spot species at special risk. The results will inform the management and conservation of these at-risk organisms. Read more >>

One elephant seal, two elephant seals...

In the scrum of seals and sea lions jostling for space on the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve, it's tough to keep track of which animals you've already tallied. It's a problem biologists have faced since they first began counting the island's colonies of birds and pinnipeds. To solve that conundrum, researchers have devised a project that involves crowdsourcing the analysis of drone images. This  census will help biologists keep tabs on island wildlife populations. Read more  >>

Jepson Herbarium Workshop

UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium partners with the NRS to provide educational opportunities for those interested in California's native flora. 

Sept. 20 - 22
GIS for botanists
Heather Constable and Michelle Koo
Hastings Natural History Reservation

Spend a weekend mapping at the NRS's Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. This introductory GIS (Geographic Information System) workshop will provide the fundamentals required to create maps and conduct simple analyses. Map points, lines, and polygons with rasters, and gain fundamentals in geography, mapping, land cover, and other spatial data. Learn to use the Quantum GIS program, and discover where to get freely available data. Get an overview of the spatial technology necessary to answer questions about biodiversity, conservation, ecology, and related fields in a manner useful for botanists, naturalists, and consultants working with field or historic data. Attendees should bring their own laptops so they can leave with a fully operational GIS workflow. Learn more and register >>

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Accountability Report

The 2019 UC Accountability Report describes UC contributions to the people of California over the past year. The NRS section in Chapter 10 reminds readers that Point Reyes Field Station and Lassen Field Station joined the NRS in 2019, bringing our total number of reserves to 41. Read more >>

New CEC Research issue

The NRS's Angelo Coast Range Reserve contains an embarrassment of environmental riches. Among these are bats and bryophytes, ticks and tussocks, native fish and meadows with memories. The students of the NRS's California Conservation and Ecology course conducted studies on all of these topics for their final projects this past spring. Learn what they discovered in the latest edition of CEC Research. Read more >>

Jelly or joe?

Bright crimson when young and purple-black when mature, the shiny fruits of California coffeeberry entice those encountering the plant in oak woodland or chaparral. The fruits of Frangula californica are certainly edible, and even medicinal. Native Americans used the berries on burns, the leaves on poison oak rashes, and the bark as a laxative. True to its common name, the roasted, ground berries make a superior coffee substitute. You can also make the fruit into jelly, or pop one in your mouth to try raw. This glorious plant was photographed by Lobsang Wangdu at the NRS's Elliott Chaparral Reserve in San Diego.


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