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May 2019

Weighing seals by drone


Getting an elephant seal onto a scale is no mean feat. It involves tranquilizers, massive tripod, and a sling strong enough to support an automobile. Yet there may be more than one way to weigh these massive marine mammals. At the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve, UC Santa Cruz undergraduate Diana Alvarado is researching whether she can estimate seal mass accurately by drone. Read more >>
Hidden Spring 2018

When water is scarce on the landscape, the few springs and creeks that remain become magnets for wildlife. This compilation of trail cam highlights the NRS's Sedgwick Reserve shows the amazing range of species that flocked to the reserve's Bear Spring in 2018. Spoiler: you'll see foxes, bears, lions, owls, eagles, and more. Watch full screen >>
panoramic image of Page Center, lab, and sagebrush at SNARL

SNARL Spring Seminars

The NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory will host a series of talks this spring about the natural world. Lectures are held at the Page Center at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, 1016 Mount Morrison Road, Mammoth Lakes, Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. Light snacks are provided by local businesses. Learn more >>

May 14
Putting California on the map: Von Schmidt's Lines 
David CarleAuthor and retired state park ranger 

May 21
The Mammoth Lakes wildlife crossing: A proposal to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 395 in southern Mono County 
Tim TaylorEnvironmental Scientist-Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

May 28
Can California's wildfire problem be solved? Film: "Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests and the Future" followed by Q & A with Malcolm North 
Malcolm NorthResearch Scientist, USDA Forest Service PSW Research Station and Affiliate Professor, Dept of Plant Sciences, U.C. Davis

June 4
The flooding of Hetch Hetchy Valley was an iconic event, but what has been happening downstream? 
Dr. Jeff HolmquistResearch Scientist, White Mountain Research Center, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA 

NRS IN THE NEWS

Beto O'Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as a backdrop
Yosemite Field Station
Associated Press

Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as ocean climate shifts
Bodega Marine Reserve
Washington Post

Why are baby seal numbers dwindling at Carpinteria sanctuary?
Carpinteria Salt Marsh
Ventura County Star

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UCI Alumni video about San Joaquin Marsh

A SoCal gem


The NRS's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve offers a home to aquatic birds and other disappearing California wildlife. And over the decades, thousands of students have learned about about aquatic ecology by wading in its waters. Enjoy the marsh for yourself in this new video from UCI Alumni. 

Watch the video >>
Coffee cup labeled with 97 Bk (247)

NRS at
East Bay Science Cafe


May 9, 7 p.m.

The Nature of UC
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

In the late 1940s, a young University of California researcher watched in dismay as the research plot where he had been studying desert iguanas was bulldozed to build a motel. The experience galvanized him and other UC scientists to establish a library of ecosystems dedicated to research, teaching, and public service.

NRS executive director Peggy Fiedler and science writer Kathleen Wong will discuss how the NRS is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California.

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Native bees workshop


May 31-Jun 2

California's native bees: biology, ecology, and identification

Gordon Frankie, Robbin Thorp, Rollin Colville

California has about 1,600 species of native bees that provide critical ecosystem services in wild habitats as well as agricultural and urban settings. Get an introduction to native bee biology and ecology, and methods used to study them, at the NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation.

You will learn some general field ID characteristics, and get to observe, collect, and pin bees for museum collections. Evening lectures on a variety of related topics will be included. Participants will also learn about bee flower preferences, pollen and nectar behavior, how to create a bee-friendly garden, and bee photography techniques. 

This workshop is sponsored by UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium. The herbarium partners with the NRS to provide educational opportunities for those interested in California's native flora. 

Learn more and register >>
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