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September 2017

Archiving NRS history

Shelves of notebooks and years of painstakingly collected data are being dusted off and catalogued as part of the NRS History & Archive Project led by UC Santa Barbara professor Peter Alagona. Having a sharper grasp of past land use and environmental observations aids scientists studying topics from rangeland management to climate change. Image: Tim Paulson. Read more >>

UC Santa Cruz students are restoring the former brussels sprouts fields of Younger Lagoon Reserve. These hands-on experiences help local species and benefit students after graduation.

Sagehen forest

NRS joins Tahoe partnership

Sierra forests are overcrowded, disease-ridden, and prone to catastrophic fire. To address this ticking time bomb, the Natural Reserve System and its Sagehen Creek Field Station have joined the Tahoe Central-Sierra Initiative. A consortium of government agencies, conservation groups, and other stakeholders, the partnership will prioritize restoration efforts and leverage funding to bring Tahoe-area forests back into balance. Read more >> 


Baird Award for research at Berkeley reserves

The Carol Baird Graduate Student Award for Field Research encourages scientific research at several NRS reserves administered by UC Berkeley. Up to $22,000 is available to students for 2018. The award honors Carol Baird, who earned her doctorate in zoology at UC Berkeley. Read more >>

A quacking corpse

The California tree frog sounds like a duck, but resembles a corpse—at least according to taxonomists, who named it Pseudacris cadaverina for the deathly hue of its skin. It's found in coastal and canyon streams throughout most of coastal southern California, including the NRS's Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve. Reserve director Gary Bucciarelli studies populations of the frog within the Los Angeles region to develop a management plan for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area amphibians.


New partnership established to protect Lake Tahoe and Central Sierra
Sagehen Creek Field Station
South Tahoe NOW.com

Major condor recovery milestone: second-generation wild-born chick
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
Monterey County Weekly

Condors hit milestone with 'wild-hatched' couple raising chick
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
Ventura County Star

The color of your clothing could affect the behavior of animals
Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve

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