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June 2016

Stebbins reopens to the public

Nearly a year after the Wragg Fire incinerated much of UC Davis’ Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, forcing its closure, the reserve has reopened to the public. But in many ways, says reserve director Jeffrey Clary, the disaster has been a blessing in disguise. Not only are the wildflowers and shrubs resprouting, but facilities like improved parking and trails revamped to protect resources have made the reserve better than ever. Read more >>

Mojave science research

Mojave bighorns are dropping from respiratory disease; how has it spread? Will rearing desert tortoise hatchlings in captivity give the species a boost? And is the sun strong enough to break down rocks? Learn the answers to these questions and more in the April 2016 edition of Mojave Science Newsletter. A collaboration between Mojave National Preserve and the NRS's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, where most of the researchers were based, the newsletter highlights scientific research being conducted in the Mojave region. Read more >> 

Mono County honors the Dawsons

The Mono County Board of Supervisors honored Dan and Leslie Dawson of the NRS's Valentine Camp Reserve and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory with a resolution of appreciation recognizing their service to improve student education, the health of the environment, and the lives of local residents. The Dawsons have lived in the area and managed the two eastern Sierra reserves since 1979. They are retiring this summer to Ashland, Oregon. The couple received the resolution May 17, at a special meeting of the board. The proclamation states that "it is resolved...on behalf of the frogs, birds, trees, lakes and streams of the Eastern Sierra." Congratulations, Dan and Leslie—and bon voyage to retirement!

New director at White Mountain

White Mountain Research Center welcomed a new director this spring. A Distinguished Professor of Geography at UC Los Angeles, Glen MacDonald is a longtime eastern Sierra researcher, has been doing science at NRS reserves since graduate school, and looks forward to continuing to improve the visitor facilities at the four research stations of the reserve. Read more >>


James Reserve 50th fiesta

On June 5 the NRS's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve will hold its 50th anniversary celebration. The reserve is welcoming former students and researchers, UC Riverside faculty and staff, community members, and distinguished guests from the region for tours of the reserve and more. The celebration will be coupled with the annual summer meeting of the Trailfinders, alumni of the school that once used the land as a campsite. Local artists and musicians from Idyllwild and beyond will be featured, and Junior Rangers will be trained in concert with the Idyllwild Nature Center. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Read more >>

Jeff Brown and Faerthen Felix of Sagehen Creek Field Station received Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards in May from UC Berkeley. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional initiative contributing to the campus community. The award is among the highest honors bestowed upon UC Berkeley staff for their daily contributions to the campus and beyond. 2016 marks the second time in ten years reserve managers Brown and Felix have received the award. Brown was awarded a campus Excellence in Management award this year as well. 

Intro to Birding

Valentine Camp 
July 23 8:30-11 a.m.
Learn to spot and ID birds at Valentine Camp Reserve in Mammoth Lakes on a moderately strenuous 1.5 mile hike led by Bill and Sherry Taylor. Species you'll see could include woodpeckers and kinglets in the forest, ducks and kingfishers by the ponds, and dippers in Mammoth Creek. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. $15 suggested donation to support reserve K-12 field trips. Contact Carole Lester at 805-893-5655 to sign up. 


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