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March 2019
Professor Michael Loik standing in front of the drought shelters on the coastal prairie at Younger Lagoon Reserve

Doctor drought

Extreme weather is coming. UC Santa Cruz professor Michael Loik wants to know how plants will respond to these wild climate swings. He's testing their responses with field experiments to boost or deprive plants of snow and rain at Younger Lagoon Reserve and Valentine Camp Reserve. His findings will inform both climate models and efforts to restore local habitats. Read more >>

Native pollinators overwhelmed by honey bees

Everyone likes honey. But the makers of this golden goodness are blossom bullies. As colonial insects, honeybees can swarm plants in high numbers. New research conducted in and around the NRS's Elliott Chaparral Reserve shows honey bees are muscling aside California's solitary bees, bumblebees, and butterflies, to the detriment of both local plants and pollinators. Read more >>


When a giant ocean sunfish washed ashore at the NRS's Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve, people assumed it was the species commonly sighted swimming in the Santa Barbara Channel. But the expertise of reserve staff and UC Santa Barbara scientists helped demonstrate that this visitor was a rarity from distant seas. Read more >>

White Mountain Public Lectures

The NRS's White Mountain Research Center is hosting the following talks as part of its 2019 public lecture series. All talks begin at 7 p.m. 3000 E. Line St., Bishop. WMRC Public Lectures >>

Mar. 12
Increasing our understanding of Eastern California springs: Amargosa and Beyond
Andy Zdon, Northern Arizona University

Apr. 2
Dry/wet snow recipes for unusual avalanches: Avalanche forecasting challenges in a changing climate
Sue Burak, Snow Survey Associates

Apr. 9
Climate change impacts in alpine plant communities
Meredith Jabis, UC Berkeley

Apr. 30
What do migrants do differently? Identifying habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep
Derek Spitz, University of Montana
student sitting by flowers at Coal Oil Point

Grad research awards, Coal Oil Point

The NRS's Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve in Santa Barbara is offering up to $2k to support graduate student research on the reserve. Graduate students enrolled at any accredited university may apply. Application deadline: March 15.

Learn more and apply >>
Fall 2018 CEC Research cover

New issue of CEC Research 

What have students of the NRS's California Ecology and Conservation course been up to? Stalking scorpions, tracking jojoba flowers, examining biological soil crusts, among other things. Read all about it by reviewing the final research papers of the Fall 2018 class. Conducted in and around the NRS's Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, they're collected in the latest issue of CEC Research. Read more >>

Sedgwick Hikes

Mar. 9, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Sedgwick Reserve
3566 Brinkerhoff Ave
Santa Ynez

Explore some of the 6,000 acres of wildflower fields, views, and slopes of the NRS's Sedgwick Reserve on Public Hike Day. Hikes are offered at three levels of difficulty, from 1.5 hrs over 1 mile to 5 miles with 1460 feet of elevation change. Suggested donation $20/person, $10 students. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more and sign up  >>


On 'love' day, Walter Munk daughter celebrates foremothers' legacy
Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve
Times of San Diego

Rare sunfish washes up in Santa Barbara in first Northern Hemisphere sighting
Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve

Holy mola tecta
Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve
Santa Barbara Independent

Elusive hoodwinker sunfish washes ashore near Santa Barbara in first U.S. sighting
Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve
Los Angeles Times

Hoodwinker sunfish: Rare fish washes up on California beach
Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve
BBC News

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