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October 2017

Earth's oldest trees losing climate race

As a warming climate enables plants to colonize ever higher elevations, the limber pine is leapfrogging over the bristlecone pine in a slow-motion race to the mountaintops . By occupying the most hospitable locations, faster-growing limber pines threaten the survival of the world's oldest tree species.
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Año Nuevo director writes kids’ book

Patrick Robinson has been leading a double life. When not ferrying visitors to Año Nuevo Island Reserve, or tracking the whereabouts and behaviors of its colony of northern elephant seals, the reserve's director has been busy coauthoring a book. Based on research he and fellow UCSC graduate Roxanne Beltran conducted in the Antarctic, the book gives young readers a taste of what it's like to do field research. Read more >>
The NRS's Santa Cruz Island Reserve makes it possible for classes and researchers to explore the nearly 100 square miles of this Channel Island. Catch a glimpse of the wild landscapes and incomparable vistas of the island in this video from Paso Robles High School.
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White Mountain Lectures


Lectures are held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Owens Valley Station, White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop, 760-873-4344. For directions see the WMRC Travel page. Talks are FREE and open to the public.

Oct. 17
Supervolcano! Coming soon to a theater near you?
Long Valley Caldera and the Yellowstone Caldera are both considered supervolcanos due to the massive quantities of lava and ash they've spewed in the distant past. Are these slumbering volcanic centers waiting to do us in soon? Professor Drew Coleman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ponders our chances.

Oct. 24
Winter 2017-18: Is it time to freak out yet?
After last year's relentless winter snows, winds, and flooding, people are understandably on edge about what next winter will bring. A 17-year veteran of the National Weather Service forecast office in Reno, Nevada, Chris Smallcomb will put last winter's weather in historical context, cover what we know and don't know about the forecast for the coming winter, and discuss how predictable winter hazards are in the eastern Sierra region. 

NRS IN THE NEWS

Dog helps sniff out invasive ants on California island
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle

New technology keeps tabs on the fascinating behavior of Carmel Valley woodpeckers
Hastings Natural History Reservation
Monterey County Weekly

Future of oldest trees on earth in peril
White Mountain Research Center
U.S. News & World Report

Future of bristlecone pine tree in danger
White Mountain Research Center
Associated Press

Ancient bristlecone pine forests are being overwhelmed by climate change
White Mountain Research Center
Los Angeles Times

Engineering solar-powered seal transmitters
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
Northern Arizona University

In a changing climate, conservative elephant seals suffer
Año Nuevo Island Reserve
Hakai Magazine

 
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