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February 2016

From bumblebees to benthic fish

The NRS has awarded $38,000 in Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants to 14 students from six UC campuses. Their topics of study range from soil carbon stores to plant defenses, forest resilience to fire responses, plant evolution to pine migration. Image credit: Steve Lonhart/NOAA MBNMA Read more >>
Carol Blanchette

New director for Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

A marine ecologist with a wealth of science experience and a deep love for eastern California, Carol Blanchette is eager to begin her new post as director of both Valentine Camp and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory. Carol will take the reins in July, when longtime reserve director Dan Dawson retires. Read more >>

Biodiversity boosts ecosystem stability

Ecosystems populated by a wide variety of species have long been believed to be more robust than simpler, less biologically diverse systems. Yet evidence supporting this theory has been tricky to come by. Now an experiment involving grassland field stations around the world, including several NRS reserves, has delivered the smoking gun. The findings bolster arguments to conserve biodiversity. Read more >>


Feb. 11 Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
6 p.m., UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert
Recovering the Mexican wolf: back from the brink of extinction
After gray wolves were nearly eliminated as part of the federal government's anti-predator campaign, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced its endangered subspecies, the Mexican wolf, to Arizona and New Mexico. Today over 100 Mexican wolves prowl the region, but much work remains to be done to ensure their survival. Hear the latest on these iconic canids from Maggie Dwire of the USFWS.

Feb. 13 Public hike
8:30 a.m., Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez, CA
A range of hikes takes visitors to Sedgwick Reserve's 6,000 acres of unique geological and ecological wonders. Afterward, hikers can picnic and play bocce. Instead of hiking, visitors are also welcome to set up an art easel at the pond or bird watch around the Field Station. The gates will be open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. RSVP requested.

Feb. 26 Walking Ecology
9 a.m.-noon, Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez, CA
California quail
Come hear about the tufted bird we see scurrying across our roads from Jennifer Gee, director of the NRS's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve and an expert on quail hybridization and ecology.


Mission Bay Event encourages love of wetlands
Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve
San Diego Union Tribune

Mojave Desert areas on verge of protection under 1906 law
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center
San Francisco Chronicle

Scientists go to extremes to save food crops' wild relatives
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center
Voice of America
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