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February 2020

Confluence: drawings and photographs

Berkeley artist Todd Gilens spent three field seasons with NRS ecologists surveying streams in the Sierra Nevada. His conversations with researchers, and the time he spent participating in science at reserves, informed his art. Learn about his process, then experience his drawings and photographs at Confluence, a show at the Monterey Museum of Art April 10 to May 3, 2020. Read more >>

A celebration of all things NRS

The NRS is holding its very first Symposium this fall to spread the word about the science, education, and public service fostered by our network of protected lands. Held Nov. 12-13 in Berkeley, the Symposium will include talks and poster sessions by scientists and educators. Attendees can also sign up to take a field trip to one of four NRS reserves. Be sure to enter your email to get updates. Read more >>

Jepson Herbarium Workshops

Learn about California's flora from UC experts and explore NRS reserves to boot at UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium Workshops. Learn more and register >>

50 Plant Families in the Field: Monterey Bay
April 23–26
Hastings Natural History Reservation

California’s Native Bees: Biology, Ecology, and Identification
May 29–31
Hastings Natural History Reservation

June 5–7
Hastings Natural History Reservation

Flora of the San Jacinto Mountains
July 16–19
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve

Some Like It Hot: Late Summer Flora of the Eastern Mojave Highlands
September 24–27, 2020
Sweeney Granite Mountains Reserve
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Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series

Every year, the NRS's Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center sponsors a series of lectures showcasing research at the reserve, desert conservation efforts, and environmental issues.

All lectures are facilitated by reserve director Chris Tracy and held on Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., at the auditorium of UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert. Learn more and RSVP at links.

Feb. 13
Tribulations and triumphs of Mojave Desert restoration
Lesley DeFalco and Todd Esque, U.S. Geological Survey

Mar. 12
Overcoming extreme challenges: how birds deal with warming temperatures in a changing climate
Alex Gerson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Apr. 9
Inspiration from the sea: how studying marine organisms can improve our daily lives
Misty Paig-Tran, California State University, Fullerton

Swimming fossil

One of the oldest animals in existence lurks in the vernal pools of the NRS's Jepson Prairie Reserve. Tadpole shrimp have weathered warm periods, ice ages, mass extinctions, and many more insults for upwards of 170 million years. Yet their modern forms, including Jepson resident Triops longicaudatus, look virtually unchanged from their ancestors. These shrimp have hung on because they are seriously tough and versatile. Different populations may reproduce sexually, parthenogenically (by laying unfertilized eggs), or hermaphroditically (individuals are both male and female and fertilize one another). Eggs dropped on the bottom of ponds dry out over summer, and tend to hatch come winter rain. Yet eggs can remain viable for 20 years if better conditions don't arrive before then. Nor are these shrimp picky eaters: they'll consume mosquito larvae, algae, and just about anything else they can fit into their tiny mouths.


Disaster impacts and readiness discussed at packed auditorium in Santa Barbara
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve

"Two years after fire and flood": Santa Barbara community evaluates impacts and responses
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve
Daily Nexus

Watson McMillan "Mac" Laetsch, UC Berkeley botanical expert, dies
NRS Systemwide
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