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January 2017
Hastings tour

New views of Hastings

The NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation has a new website featuring gorgeous photos, descriptions of its extensive facilities, and critical information for potential visitors. One cool feature is a virtual tour linking images and information about the reserve's far-flung structures with an interactive map depicting their locations. Created via Google Tour Builder, the tour should help those planning a visit to the reserve determine where they're staying and what types of facilities to expect before they ever set foot on the property.  Visit the website >>
grad student stream research

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Grad Research Grants

Graduate students planning field research in or around Mammoth Lakes can apply for up to $3k in grant funding from the NRS's Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve. The reserve's Graduate Student Grant program offers up to $3,000 in funding for grad students doing work at Valentine Camp Reserve and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, or who plan to use the reserves as their home base. To qualify, students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. Deadline to apply is March 6, 2017. Read more >>

New assistant director at James

The NRS's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve has a new assistant director. Andrea Campanella hails from Rome, Italy, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Università La Sapienza. He began his career working on wildlife trafficking with WWF-TRAFFIC and in support of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. He migrated to Chile to study foxes and small mammals, then flew north to New Mexico State University to examine the effect of shrubland-grassland ecotones on small mammal populations. After a stint at Acadia National Park in Maine and Niwot Ridge in the Rocky Mountains, where he looked at how the treeline has been affected by climate change, he arrived at the James Reserve this December. 

Crooked Creek Stn solar arrays

Sun power

Thanks to two new solar panel arrays installed last spring, Crooked Creek Station continues to reduce its use of fossil fuels. Located on the slopes of White Mountain near Bishop, Crooked Creek Station is part of the NRS's White Mountain Research Center

Summer field course

The NRS is accepting applications for the summer 2017 edition of California Ecology and Conservation. This field course takes undergrads from across the UCs to reserves for seven solid weeks. In that brief period, students metamorphose from nature enthusiasts to natural scientists, with the observation powers, statistical skills, paper writing experience, and presentation mojo to match. Deadline is Feb. 3, so send in your application pronto. Learn more >>


Jan. 12  Boyd Deep Canyon Public Lecture Series

In the shadow of a lizard: endemic reptiles of Namibia
6 p.m. UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA

Arid lands ecologist Jill Heaton of the University of Nevada, Reno, will discuss her work with five lizard species in Namibia, currently understudied and threatened by the illegal reptile pet trade, and share opportunities for reptile conservation and education. 


Bottlenose dolphins now frequenting the north coast
Bodega Marine Reserve

Outtakes: a photographer searches for scrub jays
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Nature Conservancy Magazine

Año Nuevo's long-distance swimmers
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
The Mercury News
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