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November 2018

Carbon Fest at Blue Oak Ranch

Thousands flocked to the Bay Area in September for the Global Climate Action Summit. Among the international crowd: scientists tracking carbon emissions in support of the Paris Agreement to limit climate change. Leaders in terrestrial carbon accounting for Indonesia, China, Congo, and beyond met at the NRS's Blue Oak Ranch Reserve to discuss techniques and their efforts to train compatriots in carbon emissions tracking. Read more >>
Mission Wild at Año Nuevo

Join graduate student Rachel Holser and her team from the University of California, Santa Cruz as they tag a 1,000-lb. northern elephant seal at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve. The work is part of UC Santa Cruz Professor Dan Costa's program to study seal diving and behavior while enlisting these natural explorers to study ocean conditions.
The Squirrel Gazer

The squirrels you see in local trees may look blithe, but each is on a deadly serious mission. Every animal has to stash enough food to last through winter. This poses dilemmas to foraging squirrels: eat found food now, or store it for later? UCLA graduate student Amanda Robin (aka the Squirrel Gazer) gets to the nut of the matter at the NRS's James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve. Bristling with wildlife cameras, the James is the ideal place to observe squirrels in the act of deciding.


No stone unturned: little worlds inside stream riffles and pools
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
Environmental Monitor


Stream bugs approve mine cleanup

The open-pit Leviathan Mine has been poisoning Sierra Nevada streams with mineral-laden runoff for decades. To remediate this superfund site, scientists developed containment ponds and water treatment efforts. This hard work has obtained the ultimate stamp of approval, according to biologist David Herbst of the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory. He reports that the water-loving larvae of caddisflies, mayflies, and stoneflies are returning to downstream creeks now healthy enough to support life. Read more >>
Vernal pools burst to life with rain in grasslands across California. Learn more about this odd habitat via a podcast about the NRS's Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve. The podcast features reserve director Mo Kolster and other scientists who presented at the Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve Symposium this past spring. The piece was produced by RadioBio, a collective of biology graduate students at UC Merced. Listen here >>

NRS art show

Reserves of Inspiration: Exploring UC Santa Cruz Natural Landscapes 
showcases artwork by students, alumni, and community members who have explored UCSC's Natural Reserves, including Fort Ord Natural, Landels-Hill Big Creek, Younger Lagoon, and Año Nuevo Island reserves. Artwork sold benefits the Norris Center Art & Natural History Initiative. $5 suggested donation. Exhibit runs Nov. 6–Dec. 8, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College, UCSC, Tue. - Sat. 12-5 p.m. Meet the artists at two open houses Nov. 10, noon–5 p.m. and Dec. 7, 5–8 p.m. Illustration © Jenny Keller 2018
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