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January 2019

NRS by the numbers

Tens of thousands of people visit NRS reserves each year as part of class field trips, to conduct research, attend hikes, and much more. Our new use data visualizations let you see for yourself just how busy reserves are. These interactive maps, charts, and graphs answer questions such as how many people visit each reserve, how long they stay, and how many publications each reserve has inspired. Other visualizations, on our find a reserve page, depict information such as an interactive map of the NRS, the facilities available at each reserve, and how our library of natural protected areas has grown over time. See more >>

New director at Hastings

The NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation has a new director versed in field work, carnivore ecology, and the rewards of building renovations. Jen Hunter, who received her PhD at UC Davis, has relocated from the East Bay to homestead with her family among the acorn woodpeckers and sprawling oak woodlands of the Carmel Valley. Read more >>

Survey vernal pool eDNA

Help the NRS's Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve collect environmental DNA (eDNA) January 26. Bop around this vast reserve collecting soil samples so scientists can fish out clues about the species that have been nearby. You'll meet vernal pool experts from UC Merced, and get to call yourself a community scientist. The effort is part of the CALeDNA project, which uses the data to inform conservation in California.  Learn more and sign up >>

"The nature of UC" talk

Start the new year right by learning more about the NRS at a talk held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Jan. 9, 2-3 p.m., 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. Among the speakers for "The nature of UC" will be founding director of the NRS Roger Samuelsen! Please RSVP; the library's lecture series is quite popular. Image of Angelo Coast Range Reserve: Christopher Woodcock 

Read more and RSVP >>

Updates from on high

The annual newsletter of the NRS's White Mountain Research Center is now online. Winter 2018 stories include WMRC's contributions to a worldwide effort to study ecological conditions on mountaintops, the possibility of a neutrino detector in the peak's future, earthquake fault research, and other milestones. 



Listen: Mice "argue" about infidelity in ultrasound
Hastings Natural History Reservation
National Geographic 

Detecting dialects in elephant seals
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle

4 UCR graduate students win grants to do research at the natural reserves
UC Riverside

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