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March 2015
UCSC Professor Dan Costa discusses his elephant seal research with UC President Janet Napolitano

UC President Napolitano visits Año Nuevo Island Reserve

UC President Janet Napolitano got up close and personal this weekend with a colony of northern elephant seals and the scientists who study these marine mammals at the UC Natural Reserve System. Read more >>
The 2 million specimens in the Consortium of California Herbaria were collected from all over the state.

Digital California plant portal hits 2 million specimens

In a nation where nearly as many people have a cell phone as a TV, the centuries-old practice of collecting plant specimens can seem somewhat quaint. Yet these carefully labeled and stored specimens are now not only part of the information age, but key to helping scientists understand our environmental future. Now a massive virtual library makes 2 million California plant specimens available to anyone with an Internet connection. The addition of the plant collection at the NRS's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center pushes the Consortium of California Herbaria collection over the mark. Read more >>
Merced naturalist traning expanded

Merced naturalist training

A $103,000 gift from the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas will expand naturalist training opportunities for University of California, Merced students as well as the general public at two UC Natural Reserve System sites. The grant enables Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve and Yosemite Field Station to hire coordinators and buy equipment to train certified California Naturalists and student interns at the vernal pools reserve. Read more >>


Mar. 12     UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series 
6 pm, UCR Palm Desert Center, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert
Forty years of endangered species: conflict and conservation in California and beyond
The Endangered Species Act has been around for more than 40 years. Is this a cause for celebration or despair? Peter Alagona, UCSB history and environmental studies professor, places these questions in a historical context and discusses challenges for biodiversity conservation in the future.

Mar. 13    Walking Ecology
9-11 am, Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez
Grasslands of Sedgwick Reserve
UCSB professor Carla D'Antonio delves into the function of grasslands in California's landscape and discusses how livestock grazing shaped the way these habitats look today. A short walk on the reserve will follow to identify native and non-native grasses, and discuss how Sedgwick's land use history influenced its grasslands.

Mar. 26 WMRC Public Lectures
7 pm, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop
The river runs through it
Lawrence Freilich, Inyo County Mitigation Manager for the Lower Owens River Project, will discuss the 78,000-acre LORP area, which includes lakes and ponds, 1,500 acres of wetlands, and 62 miles of river and river delta. Learn more about the project, its successes, and challenges.


Vince Voegeli at CNPS

Wells for water science

Three water wells reaching 50, 100, and 150 feet down were just installed for groundwater monitoring research at the NRS's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Reserve director Peter Bowler and UC Irvine staff worked with the Orange County Water District to make the wells happen. Image courtesy Peter Bowler.
green lightbulb with leaves

NRS energy audits

UC Irvine Master's student Hope Pollard has been selected as a campus Climate Action Fellow. She will use her $2500 award to coordinate energy audits at NRS reserves. The project will help reserve buildings save energy and get even greener using strategies like replacing lightbulbs and sealing windows and doors against drafts. Congrats and thanks, Hope!
California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)
The pollen-producing male flowers of coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) are arranged into pendulous spikes called catkins. Like most plants that produce catkins, coast live oaks are wind-pollinated. Female flowers are far smaller and more inconspicuous. Photo taken at the NRS's Fort Ord Natural Reserve by Clayton Anderson.


The way forward for biological field stations
Sagehen Creek Field Station

Merced professors join UC effort to study climate change
UC Merced

Your weekend hike: Stebbins Cold Canyon
Stebbins Cold Canyon
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