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October 2014
rocks and their trails

Let it be

Removing sheep, cattle, and other imported species is a popular strategy to rehabilitate island ecosystems. But does it work? A new study conducted by UC undergrads on Santa Cruz Island Reserve finds the answer to be a resounding yes.
Crooked Creek Station photo

A brush with preservation

Painter and UC Santa Barbara faculty member Hank Pitcher is an Isla Vista native. He grew up when cattle and wildflowers were as plentiful there as local residents. He expected the coastline he loved so deeply to disappear beneath luxury homes. Then the creation of the NRS's Coal Oil Point Reserve saved the beach--and gave Pitcher a lifelong muse. Read more >>

meadow of blue dicks on Santa Cruz Island

Quarters for kestrels

Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve launches its first conservation project: a nest box program to bolster populations of American kestrels while giving students a taste of conservation science. Read more >>



mural detail

Preview new Blue Oak Ranch buildings

Snag a bird's-eye view of the buildings soon to rise at the NRS's Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, located on the slopes of Mount Hamilton just east of San Jose. Read more >>
Chelsea Arnold in meadow

Measuring snowpack from a plane

Researchers based at the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory are developing a method to gauge California's snowpack from the air.  Read More >>


On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archeological emergency.
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Los Angeles Times

Tracking the ghost cat: mountain lions remain elusive in the East Bay.
Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
Bay Nature

Berkeley and the making of Yosemite
Yosemite Field Station
Berkeley NewsCenter
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