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May 2015
Signs of sudden oak death disease on bay laurel leaves

Saving oaks in Big Sur

A technique to manage sudden oak death, an exotic disease ravaging the state's beloved oak woodlands, is being tested at the NRS's Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. The method involves eliminating plant Typhoid Marys from coastal forests. At the same time, the project will help students learn to do field research and save true oaks. Read more >>
NRS Day UC Merced April 16 2015

UC Merced NRS Day

UC Merced kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NRS on April 16. The inaugural celebration of the 39-reserve system’s golden anniversary featured a driving tour of the NRS's Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, which covers nearly 7,000 preserved acres adjacent to campus, followed by afternoon talks about the NRS and reserve research. Read more >>
Biology Scholars Program students hike with Paul Fine at Hastings

Curious about life

The UC Berkeley Biology Scholars Program supports underrepresented minority students purusing the life sciences. The program kicks off with a weekend field trip to the NRS’s Hastings Natural History Reservation in Carmel Valley. This video shows how BSP students get to know one another discover the world of ecological field research over one adventure-filled weekend. Read more >>

NRS draws crowds at Celebrate UCI, Cal Day

Woodpecker granaries, digital weather nodes, and wetland tours were just a few of the attractions offered at NRS 50th anniversary festivities at UC Irvine and UC Berkeley May 18. Dozens of people toured San Joaquin Marsh Reserve, some brave enough to nibble on wild edible plants, while representatives from three UC Berkeley reserves plus the NRS Systemwide Office showed off research on western bluebirds, the latest in animal tracking technologies, and digital flyovers of the primeval Angelo Coast Range Reserve forest. Read more >>

Slugs, Gauchos toast NRS 50th

UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz raised glasses to the 50th anniversary of the NRS at alumni reunions the weekend of May 16-17. Banana slugs, snowy plovers, and the dedication of a natural history center played starring roles in a fitting tribute to the largest university-administered network of natural reserves in the world. Read more >>

Angelo Reserve on Cal Academy megascreen

A new California Academy of Sciences film immerses viewers in the forest and stream habitats of the NRS's Angelo Coast Range Reserve. Stitching together video from several GoPro cameras mounted on a single tripod mount, Habitat Earth immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of the stream and forest from every direction. Cal professor and reserve director Mary Power speaks about her decades of research into stream ecosystems at the reserve. See it now at the Academy's Morrison Planetarium.
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Mayors of Loreto and Ventura on Santa Cruz Island

Loreto sister park/reserve

A Sister Park/Reserve relationship between Channel Islands National Park and Bahia de Loreto national park in Mexico is in the works. The mayor of Loreto, Baja California Sur, visited the NRS's Santa Cruz Island Reserve to advance this cross-border connection in late March. A similar relationship is in the works between Santa Cruz Island Reserve and Bahia de Loreto. Read more >>
UCLA Professor of Geography Emeritus Antony Orme

Award for White Mountain service

A hearty congratulations to UCLA Geography Professor Emeritus Antony Orme, who "retired" in 2010 and took the reins of White Mountain Research Center as it joined the NRS. Orme has led a major cleanup of the reserve, modernized and refurbished its facilities, and put the reserve on sound financial footing. Professor Orme received the 2015 Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award and a $5000 prize for his heroic efforts. Read more >>

Glories of Big Creek in HD

Nature filmmakers Kennan and Karen Ward are showcasing the research, people, wildlife, and spectacular scenery of Big Sur in "It's a Wild Life." Much of the footage was shot at Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. The jaw-dropping trailer features hunting bobcats, coastal forest, nesting California condors, and reserve steward/ mountain man Feynner Arias. Read more >>

Innovation Award

For developing the NRS's Field Studies Program, consisting of courses at NRS reserves open to students at all general UC campuses, NRS Director Peggy Fiedler and Program Coordinator Erin Marnocha received 2014 Innovation and Impact Awards from UC President Janet Napolitano. Congratulations, Peggy and Erin!  Read more >>


UC Merced’s reserve the starting point to celebrate ecosystem protection
Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland
Merced Sun-Star

Using Google Street View to save vulnerable pines
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
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May 15 
Shining Light on the Dark Night Sky
9-noon, Sedgwick Reserve
Ron Skinner, astronomy instructor at Santa Barbara Community College, will explore the scientific and mythological origins of darkness and how it is measured. Then tour Byrne Observatory and learn how its telescope network studies phenomena ranging from exoplanets to supernovae.
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