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September 2018

NRS hosts earthquake warning sensors

Destructive earthquakes convulse California all too often. Though no technology in the world can stave off temblors, the new ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system promises to give Californians a heads up moments before the next Big One. The news could spell the difference between life and death for thousands of residents. The system relies on a network of tremor-detecting seismometers sprinkled across the state. The NRS is doing its part by hosting ShakeAlert instruments at multiple reserves. Read more >>
Visitors to Año Nuevo State Park along the San Mateo coast often wonder what it's like to visit the wildlife-covered island less than a mile offshore. Now there's no need to speculate about island life any longer. Take a virtual voyage to the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve with reserve director Patrick Robinson and UC Santa Cruz postdoctoral researcher Roxanne Beltran.


Surprising link between bottom feeders and blood suckers
Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve
National Geographic

A glimpse into the future of northern California plant life
Sagehen Creek Field Station

Eco-art or science? Sculpting earth systems to endure climate change
Sagehen Creek Field Station

What homebody island birds could tell us about adaptation and evolution
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Colorado State University

California's spittlebug is on the decline
Bodega Marine Reserve

Mojave Desert "half empty" of birds after population collapse
Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center
Las Vegas Review-Journal


Mojave birds missing

The birds of the Mojave desert are falling victim to climate change. New research at sites like the NRS's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center indicates avian populations have plummeted by nearly half over the last century in this arid ecosystem. The decline appears directly connected to hotter temperatures and less rain. Even widespread species have taken a massive hit, though desert adapted birds like this greater roadrunner are faring slightly better. Read more >>

Jepson Herbarium classes

UC Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium Workshops aim to provide educational opportunities for professional and amateur botanists.

Sept. 29-30
GIS for botanists
Hastings Natural History Reservation
Start mapping with geographic information system software. Instructors Heather Constable and Michelle Koo will show you how to create your own maps to answer questions about biodiversity, conservation and ecology using field or historic data plus freely available information. The course will use a free, open source GIS program.
California's Channel Islands are home to many species which have taken a different evolutionary path than their mainland relatives. The Santa Cruz Island bushmallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nesioticus) is one of six such plant species found only on Santa Cruz Island. The species was reduced to only four populations after a century of grazing by sheep and cattle, and rooting by feral pigs. Scientists based at the NRS's Santa Cruz Island Reserve have been monitoring this endemic plant's recovery since large introduced herbivores were eradicated.
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