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February 2018

Honey bees and ecosystem pollination


Honey bees are native to the Old World. But they do a herculean job of pollinaton around the globe. According to a new study from UC San Diego, honey bees are the world's single most important species of pollinator in natural ecosystems. Field research supporting the findings were conducted partly at the NRS's Scripps Coastal and Elliott Chaparral reserves. The work was supported by a grant from the NRS's Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant ProgramRead more >>
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Bristlecones face limber pine invasion


Bristlecone pines, the grizzled elders of the plant world, have long dominated the tops of Great Basin peaks. But now a fast upstart is making inroads into their exclusive groves. Researchers Brian Smithers and Constance Millar have documented the the advance of limber pines into the treeline territory of the world's oldest trees. Their work, conducted in part at the NRS's White Mountain Research Center, offers more evidence of the wholesale ecosystem shifts afoot due to climate change. Read more >>
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Sedgwick Walking Ecology


On February 10, visit the NRS's Sedgwick Reserve to attend lectures, take a hike, and explore this Santa Ynez Valley reserve. Your suggested donation of $20 per person supports the reserve's public education program. 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez. Learn more and register >>

The philosophy of ecological restoration and
Aldo Leopold and his philosophy

noon to 2 p.m.
Steve Windhager, executive director of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will trace historical accidents that have resulted in a problematic distinction between humans and "nature." The practice of ecological restoration can break down this dichotomy. Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will follow with a discussion of how this pioneering conservationist's philosophy offers a way for people to become "plain members and citizens" of a larger ecological community. Free; registration not required.

Easy hike: exploring Sedgwick Reserve
9 to 11 a.m.
Docent Dennis Nord will lead an easy interpretive hike of the reserve across oak habitats, coastal sage scrub, the pond, and agricultural lands. Visitors will learn about conservation biology and ecology research happening on the reserve. Register >>

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Tanoak art


An experiment at the NRS's Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve is investigating methods to halt the spread of sudden oak death disease. One infected Big Creek tanoak now serves as a reminder of the ravages of imported invasive species via the 7000 Marks art project. Read more >>

Deep Canyon Lecture Series


Developed by the UC Natural Reserve System's Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, lectures are held 6 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert. 

Feb. 8
Natural history, ethics, and aesthetics: why should we care about nature?

The diversity of life on earth is under serious threat from humans, and science plays a key role in solving this problem. Renowned herpetologist Harry Greene will discuss how natural history enhances appreciation for organisms and environments, and influences the value judgments underlying conservation. RSVP

Cal Naturalist Training


Become a certified California Naturalist this spring at the NRS's Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. On Thursdays 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 15 to Apr. 26, reserve director Mo Kolster and other regional experts will teach classes at UC Merced about the ecology, watershed, geology, wildlife, plant communities, and more of the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada Foothills. $350; scholarships are available.

NRS IN THE NEWS

Mating, fighting, birthing elephant seals delight crowds at Año Nuevo State Park
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
The Mercury News

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