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June 2019
Geothermal springs, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Point Reyes, Lassen join NRS

The NRS just expanded by two new reserves thanks to agreements with the National Park Service. Point Reyes Field Station provides accommodations for classes and researchers wishing to work in Point Reyes National Seashore as well as thousands of acres of public lands in Marin. Lassen Field Station will be a UC outpost in northern California and adds volcanic landscapes to the NRS's library of ecosystems. Read more >>

Sheltering California's most vulnerable plants

Climate change will radically reshape the environments of California. Shifts in temperature as well as rain and snow patterns will put many animals and plants at risk. A new study shows that the NRS does an outsize job of protecting California's rare and vulnerable native plants, and will be critical to ensuring these species survive into the next century. Read more >>

NRS welcomes sister reserve in Baja California Sur

The NRS has gained a sister reserve south of the border. Eco-Alianza de Loreto A.C. aims to connect researchers and students with the unique marine and desert ecosystems in the Gulf of California. Breeding whales, the world's largest cacti, rich fisheries, and seabird rookeries are among the area's wild wonders. At the same time, UC scientists visiting this Mexican reserve could augment local educational opportunities in the natural sciences. Read more >>

Jepson Herbarium Workshops

UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium partners with the NRS to provide educational opportunities for those interested in California's native flora. 

Sept. 19 - 22
Some like it hot: Late summer flora of the eastern Mojave highlands
Jim Andre and Tasha La Doux
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

The eastern Mojave Desert is one of the most floristically diverse regions in California. Approximately 10% of eastern Mojave annuals are considered “summer annuals,” germinating after summer rainfall. This course will introduce botanists to the ecology and taxonomy of the area's diverse late summer/early fall flora, with special emphasis on rare or unique species. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for the major plant families that comprise hot-season flora. This workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training, but also for those with an interest in learning more about this seldom-seen component of California’s flora. Field trips will target mid- to high elevations of the Mojave National Preserve.

Sept. 20 - 22
GIS for botanists
Heather Constable and Michelle Koo
Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

This introductory GIS (Geographic Information System) workshop will provide the fundamentals you need to create maps and conduct simple analyses. Map points, lines, and polygons with rasters, and gain fundamentals in geography, mapping, land cover, and other spatial data. Learn to use the Quantum GIS program, and discover where to get freely available data. Review the spatial technology necessary to answer questions about biodiversity, conservation, ecology, and related fields in a manner useful for botanists, naturalists, and consultants working with field or historic data. Attendees should bring their own laptops so they can leave with a fully operational GIS workflow by the end of the workshop.

Learn more and register >>

Major gift to VESR

The two NRS reserves located near Mammoth Lakes have received a $1 million donation from the Tambour Foundation. The gift to the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp Reserve, will support students, staff, and researchers, and provide needed upgrades to reserve facilities. Read more >>

RAMS funding

UC Provost Michael Brown and his office granted the NRS $250,000 to upgrade its RAMS (Reserve Application Management System) this May. The NRS relies on RAMS to process requests to visit reserves, track numbers and types of users, invoice visitors, and communicate directions and other information. The funds will be used to develop a new and improved user interface. The redesign will build on work done by the NRS information management staff, in particular network manager Manuel Minwary, to convert RAMS to a new software platform. Image: bighorns at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center by Mark Chappell

McLaughlin wildflower walk

June 9, 10-12:30 p.m.

Join Cathy Koehler and Paul Aigner, directors of the NRS's McLaughlin Natural Reserve, on an easy walk through serpentine meadows to catch the last spring blooms. Expect displays of farewell to spring (the serpentine endemic Clarkia gracilis ssp. tracyi), Jepson's navarretia, and white mariposa lilies. Learn about serpentine meadow restoration and ecology and volunteer opportunities to help protect our native flower displays. 

Meet at 27195 Morgan Valley Rd, 14 miles east of Lower Lake, 1 mile east of main reserve entrance. Wear sturdy shoes. For more information contact Cathy Koehler koehler@ucdavis.edu.

Help the NRS bloom!

The NRS makes invaluable contributions to environmental conservation in California. Generations of wildlife biologists, plant ecologists, and other conservation professionals have received academic and professional training at NRS reserves. Our managers devote their careers to restoring California's natural landscapes and introducing young people to nature.

The NRS has launched a 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign to enhance reserve facilities and fund student scholarships. These efforts will ensure UC's outdoor laboratories and classrooms without walls can continue thriving for another half century.  Donate now >>


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