University of California Natural Reserve System

University of California Natural Reserve System Protecting California biodiversity since 1965.
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The UC Natural Reserve System is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state's major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field scientists, classrooms without walls for students, and nature’s inspiration to all.

Mission: The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. http://nrs.ucop.edu

UC Davis crows about the NRS's 41st reserve, Lassen Field Station.
05/17/2019
Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

UC Davis crows about the NRS's 41st reserve, Lassen Field Station.

With a terrain covering volcanoes, steaming fumaroles and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station became the newest addition to the University of California, Davis’ Natural Reserve System today (May 16), following approval by the UC Board of Regents.

The NRS has gained two new reserves thanks to partnerships with the National Park Service. Point Reyes Field Station is ...
05/17/2019

The NRS has gained two new reserves thanks to partnerships with the National Park Service. Point Reyes Field Station is located within Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, and Lassen Field Station is based at Lassen Volcanic National Park in Tehama County. Together, these reserves open thousands of acres of National Park Service lands to classes and researchers.

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The NRS is hiring! The Systemwide Office of the NRS is seeking a budget coordinator who will be responsible for managing...
05/16/2019

The NRS is hiring! The Systemwide Office of the NRS is seeking a budget coordinator who will be responsible for managing the annual budget process; establishing and monitoring fiscal controls and compliance over revenue streams and allocations; budget and financial research, analysis, and reporting; and participating in short- and long-term financial planning. Learn more and apply at http://ow.ly/bSgs50udPMu

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Another example of California's amazingly diverse native plant species. It grows in the Sierra Nevada and at other high ...
05/15/2019

Another example of California's amazingly diverse native plant species. It grows in the Sierra Nevada and at other high elevation sites in Northern California. This one was spotted at the NRS's Sagehen Creek Field Station near Truckee.

They're here!

One of my favorite flowers, but many years I miss the tiny Steersheads (Dicentra uniflora) because they come out before everything else, usually not far from a snowbank (and because they are hard to spot!).

California is a hotbed of plant diversity. But climate change threatens the existence of some of the rarest and most hab...
05/15/2019

California is a hotbed of plant diversity. But climate change threatens the existence of some of the rarest and most habitat-limited of these jewels. A comprehensive new study demonstrates how important UC Natural Reserve System lands are for sheltering these species. It also points out how diligently reserve staff and other land managers must work to ensure these vulnerable species persist into the future.

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At the UC Natural Reserve System, students are working on a way to weigh elephant seals by drone; UCI's Anteaters are cr...
05/15/2019

At the UC Natural Reserve System, students are working on a way to weigh elephant seals by drone; UCI's Anteaters are crowing about San Joaquin Marsh Reserve; and trail cams give humans a glimpse of the hawks, bobcats, foxes, deer, quail, and more wildlife that rely on springs at Sedgwick Reserve. Check out these stories and more on the May edition of the UC Natural Reserve System Newsletter.

https://ucnrs.org/newsletters/May_2019.html

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Mammoth Lakes is considering installing a wildlife crossing to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 395 in sout...
05/15/2019

Mammoth Lakes is considering installing a wildlife crossing to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 395 in southern Mono County.

Tim Taylor, environmental scientist and wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will discuss the proposed crossing on May 21 as part of the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar Series. https://vesr.nrs.ucsb.edu/education-outreach/snarl-seminar-series

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; talk starts at 7 p.m. Talks are geared to adults and pets are not allowed on the reserve. 1016 Mount Morrison Rd., Mammoth Lakes.

Image credit: Don Graham, This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. http://ow.ly/Oj2x50uc1Te

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When Allexey Waldemar von Schmidt lived in California, from 1849 through 1906, the young state developed a reputation as...
05/14/2019

When Allexey Waldemar von Schmidt lived in California, from 1849 through 1906, the young state developed a reputation as a society of innovators and energetic problem-solvers. Von Schmidt was a surveyor and civil engineer, an involved citizen of San Francisco, a father and husband, and a pioneer whose triumphs and tragedies enlarged the California Dream.

David Carle, author and retired park ranger, will give a talk entitled "Putting California on the Map: Von Schmidt’s Lines" about von Schmidt this evening as part of the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; talk begins at 7 p.m. Seminars are geared to adults, and dogs are not allowed on the reserve. 1016 Mount Morrison Rd., Mammoth Lakes

One of the weaned elephant seal pups tracked by Roxanne Beltran and the Costa Lab at UCSC was found at Piedras Blancas b...
05/14/2019

One of the weaned elephant seal pups tracked by Roxanne Beltran and the Costa Lab at UCSC was found at Piedras Blancas by docents. The discovery will shed light on where young seals travel and how they learn to swim, hunt, and survive in a trackless sea.

Docents from the Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony (Friends of the Elephant Seal) built their own VHF receiver and antenna to help search for seals instrumented at Año Nuevo Reserve. This weekend, they found one of the 2018 weanling seals carrying a time-depth / geolocator tag - part of Roxanne Beltran's post-doctoral project in Daniel Costa's lab at UC Santa Cruz. A big *thank you* to Leo, Peggy, Phil, Kathy, and the rest of the FES team!
Check out the diving data from this weanling seal during its first year of life!

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Seal pups and flowers aren't the only beauties emerging this spring at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve.
05/13/2019

Seal pups and flowers aren't the only beauties emerging this spring at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve.

Año Nuevo Reserve is home to several species of snakes. They are often seen sunning themselves along the trails and roads. This is a juvenile coast garter snake found along the equal access road.

Año Nuevo State Park, University of California Natural Reserve System, UC Santa Cruz

The NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation is welcoming the public June 8 at an open house. Soak up the beauty of Ca...
05/08/2019

The NRS's Hastings Natural History Reservation is welcoming the public June 8 at an open house. Soak up the beauty of Carmel Valley while learning about the birds, oaks, skunks, and woodpeckers that have inspired scientific research here for decades. There's no better way to experience an unspoiled slice of Central California. Register at the link.

The full program for our June 8th Open House. Hope to see you all soon! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hastings-natural-history-reservation-open-house-tickets-61132850000

Get to know the NRS's Younger Lagoon Reserve in Santa Cruz a little better via a guided tour this spring.
05/07/2019

Get to know the NRS's Younger Lagoon Reserve in Santa Cruz a little better via a guided tour this spring.

Free Younger Lagoon Reserve tours this spring! Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Call 831-459-3800 to book now!

https://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/visit/behind-the-scenes-tours/

05/06/2019
Hidden Spring 2018

The NRS's Sedgwick Reserve is home to lots of native wildlife. This video of Bear Spring on the reserve offers an amazing -- and relaxing -- montage of bears, deer, coyote, bobcats, and even raptors visiting this rare source of fresh water.

This video is about Hidden Spring 2018

This wildflower glory comes courtesy of a multi-year, ongoing effort by Paul Aigner and Cathy Koehler of the NRS's McLau...
05/06/2019

This wildflower glory comes courtesy of a multi-year, ongoing effort by Paul Aigner and Cathy Koehler of the NRS's McLaughlin Natural Reserve to rid serpentine meadows of non-native grasses.

A few shots this week from restored serpentine meadows. By “restored” we mean rid of the invasive annual grasses brought by Europeans that have replaced much of California’s native grassland flora. These native wildflowers are rarely seen together in such abundance. Stay tuned for our next wildflower walk which will be timed for displays of Clarkia, Checkerbloom, and Mariposa Lilies.

The story of the tricolor blackbird bears uncomfortable similarities to that of the passenger pigeon. Wetlands in places...
05/06/2019

The story of the tricolor blackbird bears uncomfortable similarities to that of the passenger pigeon. Wetlands in places such as the NRS's Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley still shelter this dwindling species, but time is running out to revive it. http://ow.ly/ejGs50tWAQs #UniversityofCaliforniaNaturalReserveSystem #SedgwickReserve

A four-footed neighbor visited the NRS's Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs the other...
05/03/2019

A four-footed neighbor visited the NRS's Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs the other day; presumably they were satisfied with the available snacks.

When you’re all alone at work on a hot spring afternoon and an unexpected visitor drops in ... he/she took some sustenance (yes Leif Gonzales-Kramer, I used the “S” word), in the form of a dead dove and sauntered off out the front gate without ever signing the visitors book ...

05/02/2019
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

Terrific desert bighorn video taken at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by Sicco Rood, staff research associate at the NRS's Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

A small group of bighorn sheep foraging south of Yaqui Pass this afternoon. Want to count sheep too?

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05/02/2019
UCI Alumni

The NRS's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve is truly one of southern California's hidden gems. It's not only valuable habitat for local wildlife but has also opened the eyes of thousands of students to the role of wetlands in natural systems. Admire it for yourselve via this great video by UCI Alumni.

Happy springtime, Anteaters! 🌸🌺 Did you know that UCI manages one of The O.C.'s hidden gems 💎? Full of gorgeous flowers, birds, scenic views and more, watch as we take a stroll around the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve! 🍃

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spent a morning in Yosemite Valley discussing climate change with Anne Kelly, direc...
05/02/2019
Beto O'Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as backdrop

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spent a morning in Yosemite Valley discussing climate change with Anne Kelly, director of the NRS's Yosemite Field Station. O'Rourke's $1.5 trillion proposed climate change proposal is now the most comprehensive of all of the presidential candidates.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change that he...

Weighing wild elephant seals is a heavy lift for scientists at the NRS's  Año Nuevo Island Reserve. To save everyone th...
04/26/2019

Weighing wild elephant seals is a heavy lift for scientists at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve. To save everyone the trouble of laying hands on the marine mammals, UC Santa Cruz undergraduate Diana Alvarado is taking to the skies with drone cameras instead.

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Discover how the UC Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecas...
04/25/2019

Discover how the UC Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California at "The Nature of UC," a talk featuring NRS executive director Peggy Fiedler and science writer Kathleen Wong.

Thursday May 9, 2019, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA. Doors open at 6:00 PM, talk begins at 7:00 PM
Audience will be admitted until the venue reaches capacity.
Cafe Leila specializes in fresh California Cuisine and artisanal tea drinks.

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When not climbing stratospheric redwood trees, Wendy Baxter keeps the weather stations of the NRS's northern California ...
04/24/2019
Meet the Botanists Who Climb the World's Tallest Trees

When not climbing stratospheric redwood trees, Wendy Baxter keeps the weather stations of the NRS's northern California reserves in tip top order. Go Wendy!

A decent level of physical fitness, a fondness for climbing, an intimate knowledge of giant old-growth tree species, and being handy with a crossbow: If you possess this most unusual of skill sets, then tree-climbing botanist may be the job you never realized you were born to do.

These gargantuan trees have supersized genomes. But genome size isn't everything, as their DNA quotient is surpassed by ...
04/23/2019
California scientists unravel genetic mysteries of world's tallest trees

These gargantuan trees have supersized genomes. But genome size isn't everything, as their DNA quotient is surpassed by the teeny axolotl.

The coast redwood genome is nine times the size of the human genome and even puts to shame the giant sequoia genome, which is roughly three times the size of the human genome. The coast redwood is the second-largest genome ever sequenced.

The first lecture in the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar Series is entitled "From countin...
04/23/2019

The first lecture in the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Spring Seminar Series is entitled "From counting snowflakes to measuring water equivalent, the goal of measuring snow remotely has come a long way." Bert Davis, Senior Scientific Technical Director, Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory, Chief Scientist, Geospatial Research and Engineering, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center will speak Tue. Apr. 30 7-8 PM; doors open at 6:30 at the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. Seminars are geared to adult audiences, and no dogs are allowed on the reserve. http://ow.ly/axUQ50pN7I3 #SierraNevadaAquaticResearchLaboratory

The next meeting of the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference will be held near Cape Town, South Africa, Sep...
04/23/2019
Medecos2020

The next meeting of the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference will be held near Cape Town, South Africa, September 2020. California is one of the worlds five Mediterranean-climate regions, which experience cool but not extremely cold winters and relatively dry but not extremely hot summers.

The MEDECOS 2020 Organising Committee is now inviting proposals for symposia and workshops for the 15th Conference on Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MEDECOS) from 6-11 September 2020 in South Africa.

UC Irvine's Peter Bowler, dedicated manager of the NRS's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve for many years, doing what he does be...
04/22/2019

UC Irvine's Peter Bowler, dedicated manager of the NRS's San Joaquin Marsh Reserve for many years, doing what he does best: teaching Anteaters about the marsh and other California ecosystems.

Celebrating Earth Day at the UCI Campus’ San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Dr. Peter Bowler uses the Marsh for his Biology classes' field work. Bowler's classes are year-round so he notices the many stages occurring in The Marsh. Kudos for your good work Dr. Bowler. (picture uploaded from www.UCI.edu April 21, 2019 web site page.)

Endangered western snowy plover hatching season began this past week. They resemble nothing more than marshmallows on to...
04/22/2019

Endangered western snowy plover hatching season began this past week. They resemble nothing more than marshmallows on toothpicks, but are quite capable of feeding themselves.

Have you seen the new arrivals at the reserve? Our first Snowy Plover nest of 2019 hatched this week.

Once plover chicks hatch, it is all up to dad to take care of the chicks by keeping them safe and warm for at least 28 days until they can fly and be independent. No need to feed these precocious critters - plover chicks can catch their own food (beach hoppers) within hours of hatching!

Plover moms generally move on pretty quickly to mate with another male and lay the next clutch of eggs. This breeding strategy maximizes their reproductive output.

Photo credit: Philip Channing

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Students and staff at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up beach trash.
04/22/2019

Students and staff at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up beach trash.

Happy Earth Day from the Ano Nuevo beach cleanup team!

Jessica Meir, who conducted half of her doctoral dissertation on the extreme physiology of northern elephant seals at th...
04/19/2019

Jessica Meir, who conducted half of her doctoral dissertation on the extreme physiology of northern elephant seals at the NRS's Año Nuevo Island Reserve, will be spending six months on the International Space Station starting this September. http://ow.ly/PcNL50qWqRv #AñoNuevoIslandReserve #UniversityofCaliforniaNaturalReserveSystem

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