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Our UC Master Gardener programs across California are alive with free online gardening courses during the state 's shelt...
05/01/2020

Our UC Master Gardener programs across California are alive with free online gardening courses during the state 's shelter-in-place situation. Learn about vegetables, beneficials, tools, pollinators soil and more.

Find your local MG program here: http://mg.ucanr.edu/FindUs/

"When I came face to face with beaver dams for the first time, I had what can only be described as a transformative expe...
05/01/2020
From being an engineer to researching nature’s engineers

"When I came face to face with beaver dams for the first time, I had what can only be described as a transformative experience,” says Dr. Emily Fairfax. Now she researches them as an assistant professor at CSU Channel Islands and is looking for your help in locating them in California!

Learn more about beavers in California, and how they can help mitigate drought and wildfire in this article from ANR's California Institute for Water Resources.

https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=41290

Blog of the California Institute for Water Resources | Univ of California | Ag & Natural Resources

05/01/2020
Coping with COVID-19

Join UC ANR Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Dan Macon and Ryan Mahoney, manager of Emigh Livestock, as they discuss the impacts of #COVID19 on those who raise #sheep.

https://youtu.be/qQ90APoeC0s

COVID-19 has impacted all of us - including those of us who raise sheep. This week, we'll talk about some of those impacts.

Research to better understand the survival of #zoonotic pathogens in an arid desert environment.
05/01/2020

Research to better understand the survival of #zoonotic pathogens in an arid desert environment.

All eyes🐮 are on UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Livestock Advisor Brooke Latack as she collects fresh cattle manure samples. She is teaming with UC Davis Western Center for Food Safety to better understand the survival of zoonotic pathogens in our arid desert environment
https://www.wcfs.ucdavis.edu/

The Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Program helps connect individuals in farming, ranching & other agricu...
05/01/2020

The Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Program helps connect individuals in farming, ranching & other agriculture-related occupations to programs that address farmer stress & suicide risk. $7M in funding is available. Deadline to apply: 6/30/20. Details: bit.ly/2YAFVqb

Tomato plant giveaway TODAY in Bay Point 11 am to 12:30 pm! While supplies last.
05/01/2020

Tomato plant giveaway TODAY in Bay Point 11 am to 12:30 pm! While supplies last.

We are delighted to sponsor this tomato plant giveaway for MDUSD families in Bay Point tomorrow -- thank you UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County for the plant donation!

Help shape the next EcoFarm Conference! EcoFarm invites proposals for workshops & speakers to be considered for the 41st...
05/01/2020

Help shape the next EcoFarm Conference! EcoFarm invites proposals for workshops & speakers to be considered for the 41st EcoFarm Conference, Jan 20-23, 2021. Please spread the word and share with your networks! Deadline: June 1, 2020. bit.ly/2KgvuQ5

Join us for a series of educational opportunities for #ranchers in May!
04/30/2020
California Rangeland Trust

Join us for a series of educational opportunities for #ranchers in May!

Sign up for UC Agriculture & Natural Resources workshops in May. From Virtual coffee hours, Instagram lives and grazing schools, there is a great list of educational opportunities for ranchers!

Join us today at noon PT for a virtual panel discussion on the benefits of managing headwater #forests to reduce #wildfi...
04/30/2020
Public Policy Institute of California

Join us today at noon PT for a virtual panel discussion on the benefits of managing headwater #forests to reduce #wildfire risk. Register at https://www.ppic.org/event/the-benefits-of-headwater-forest-management/

Join us this today at 12pm PT for a virtual panel discussion on the benefits of managing headwater forests to reduce wildfire risk, featuring experts from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley Fire Science Lab, and Yuba Water Agency.

Register for the event below ⬇️

In case you missed it, take a look at the results from the Mendocino/Lake County 2020 Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz, in wh...
04/29/2020
The Hopland Research and Extension Center

In case you missed it, take a look at the results from the Mendocino/Lake County 2020 Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz, in which UC ANR's Hopland Research and Extension Center participated: 2,086 observations, 778 species!

Attention to oak woodland conservation does not wane amid COVID-19 crisis. Researchers share new threats to this prized ...
04/28/2020

Attention to oak woodland conservation does not wane amid COVID-19 crisis. Researchers share new threats to this prized ecosystem: a new ambrosia beetle, Douglas-fir encroachment, #wildfire impacts, phytophthora infestation & more.

https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=41294

Research and extension professionals are devising interactive and novel programs to engage and build capacity among land...
04/28/2020

Research and extension professionals are devising interactive and novel programs to engage and build capacity among landowners, agency land managers and decision-makers, environmental non-governmental organizations, and technical service professionals to address ecological, economic, and social dimensions of wildland and prescribed fire. Join UC ANR's Leslie Roche and Lenya Quinn-Davidson and other experts for a recording of a helpful and informative webinar on “Engaging Local Communities to Restore Fire-Adapted Ecosystems." https://tinyurl.com/myrrea-firevideo

04/27/2020
Climate change, catastrophic fire and COVID-19

Is the news making you crazy? Get new strategies for dealing with the crises California is facing - climate change, wildfire and COVID-19. Watch a webinar featuring Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray and our own fire science advisor Lenya Quinn-Davidson on YouTube. https://youtu.be/NvIku1coszs

Are you worried about these global crises? Worried about their connections to broader problems like climate injustice and humanity's relationship with nature...

04/26/2020
4-H members sew masks during COVID-19 crisis

Thank you to all the 4-H members who are demonstrating their commitment to their communities during the #COVID19 pandemic by sewing face masks. #TrueLeaders California 4-H

https://youtu.be/-_qTCPjaXsY

4-H members maintain their commitment to community during the COVID-19 crisis by sewing masks for health care workers.

Are you seeing more wildlife? “I do believe, however, that human behavior has been altered significantly by the lockdown...
04/25/2020
Coyotes, falcons, deer and other wildlife are reclaiming L.A. territory as humans stay at home

Are you seeing more wildlife?

“I do believe, however, that human behavior has been altered significantly by the lockdown in ways that are closing the gap between us and what’s wild around our own homes — and that’s great, up to a point,” Niamh Quinn, human-wildlife interactions advisor at UC South Coast Research & Cooperative Extension of Orange County said to the Los Angeles Times.

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2020-04-21/wildlife-thrives-amid-coronavirus-lockdown

Coronavirus: With residents at home, a menagerie of wildlife is reclaiming lost territory across Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Read about two extraordinary volunteers, Borah and Ted, who are early in their UC Master Gardener volunteer involvement ...
04/24/2020

Read about two extraordinary volunteers, Borah and Ted, who are early in their UC Master Gardener volunteer involvement but they have already made themselves indispensable! #NationalVolunteerWeek

Two extraordinary volunteers, Borah and Ted, are early in their UC Master Gardener volunteer involvement but they have already made themselves indispensable! Read more about these Gardeners with Heart in our latest blog post: https://bit.ly/2xMW0Ow

Be part of the solution on this #ArborDay2020: Post a picture of a tree using #ArborDayAtHome, tag Arbor Day Foundation ...
04/24/2020

Be part of the solution on this #ArborDay2020: Post a picture of a tree using #ArborDayAtHome, tag Arbor Day Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant two trees for you!

Happy Arbor Day! We want to plant a tree for you in our nation's forest to celebrate! Here's how:

📷: Find a picture of a tree (an emoji will work!)
#️⃣: : Use #ArborDayAtHome
👋: Tag us in the post
✌️: Salesforce doubles your trees
🌲🌲🌲: We plant 100K trees

Get ready to observe nature in your city during the City Nature Challenge April 24-27! CalNat's UC Davis course alumni, ...
04/24/2020

Get ready to observe nature in your city during the City Nature Challenge April 24-27! CalNat's UC Davis course alumni, Ella Brydon, created a capstone project last year that is coming in handy! Organizers for the City Nature Challenge: Sacramento Region are using her UC Davis Arboretum coloring book to inspire residents to participate near them this weekend.

CalNat's UC Davis course alumni, Ella Brydon, created a capstone project last year that is coming in handy! Organizers for the City Nature Challenge: Sacramento Region are using her UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden coloring book to inspire residents to participate near them this weekend. Get ready to observe nature in your city April 24-27! Download here: https://cncsacramento.square.site/blog?fbclid=IwAR111fs0iRzPyPMQ08on1DbUNCR50Kyi2mVHZDCNvvb3cdHQL_9s6c75pcU

City Nature Challenge starts TODAY! Cal Nat volunteer Brenda Kyle describes, in both English and Spanish. what she bring...
04/24/2020
California Naturalist

City Nature Challenge starts TODAY! Cal Nat volunteer Brenda Kyle describes, in both English and Spanish. what she brings with her in her backpack.

What do you carry when you go outside? We are celebrating Pasadena City College alum, Brenda Kyle, this National Volunteer week, as she describes in English and Spanish what she takes along with her in her backpack. Take some tips from Brenda as you get ready for the City Nature Challenge, which starts tomorrow!
¿Que llevas contigo cuando pasas por afuera? Para la Semana de Voluntarios Nacional, estamos celebrando Brenda Kyle, una naturalista certificada por Pasadena City College. Ella nos describe lo que lleve consigo en su mochila y nos da consejos para alistarnos para el City Nature Challenge, ¡comenzando mañana!
http://calnat.ucanr.edu/blog/?blogpost=41172&blogasset=110130

Are you an upcoming or recent college graduate who wants to gain real-world experience in the sustainability and resilie...
04/23/2020

Are you an upcoming or recent college graduate who wants to gain real-world experience in the sustainability and resilience fields? Apply for #BearCorps by April 27. Twenty Bear Corps Fellows will be placed in rural farming or forest communities around California to work on projects that support regenerative agriculture and forest resilience.

Are you an upcoming or recent college graduate who wants to gain real-world experience in the sustainability and resilience fields? Apply now for #BearCorps. Successful applicants will work with rural communities on two of the most promising solutions to the climate crisis: regenerative agriculture and forest resilience.
The Hopland Research and Extension Center is excited to welcome a #BearCorps member this fall! The new BearCorps program is a Governor's initiative AmeriCorps program in association with UC Berkeley. http://bearcorps.berkeley.edu Mendocino College Humboldt State University California State University, Chico

Why are farmers destroying crops while store shelves are empty?“On the demand side, we have seen customers shift to buyi...
04/23/2020

Why are farmers destroying crops while store shelves are empty?

“On the demand side, we have seen customers shift to buying more food at the grocery store as restaurants and other food service businesses have closed," says Ellen Bruno, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in Rausser College of Natural Resources - UC Berkeley.

“On the supply side, there are challenges in trying to rearrange production and packaging to service grocery stores, as opposed to restaurants, schools, etc. which often purchase items in different quantities."

Read more at https://bit.ly/3by89Ft

Learn how a few of our extraordinary UC Master Gardeners bring their professional skills to work as volunteers: https://...
04/22/2020

Learn how a few of our extraordinary UC Master Gardeners bring their professional skills to work as volunteers: https://bit.ly/2VtoUvV #NationalVolunteerWeek

Darlene, Harry, and Merry Jo are all extraordinary volunteers who bring their work experience with them into their home gardening volunteer efforts! Read about these Gardeners with Heart: https://bit.ly/2VtoUvV

Keep the bees buzzing on Earth Day and every day! Get a free guide from UC ANR on "California Bee-Friendly Garden Recipe...
04/22/2020

Keep the bees buzzing on Earth Day and every day! Get a free guide from UC ANR on "California Bee-Friendly Garden Recipes.”
https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=8518

Earth 🌎 Day - Every Day!

Look at those wings! Who wears purple best: this native carpenter bee, or its sweet pea flower? For Earth Day, consider giving flowers to our busy-bee allies! Native pollinators help us in so many ways: They support our agricultural industry, make our home gardens productive, help annual wildflowers return every year, and provide nourishment for the food web. (From birds to bears, animals love berries!) However, native pollinator populations are shrinking from the impacts of habitat loss, pesticide use, introduced diseases, pollution, and climate change. This FREE guide for "California Bee-Friendly Garden Recipes" was made to help you keep bees buzzing! https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=8518 Happy Earth Day!

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Challenges of water supply, climate change, air quality and the long-term fertility of CA ag soils threaten continued pr...
04/22/2020

Challenges of water supply, climate change, air quality and the long-term fertility of CA ag soils threaten continued productivity.

Creative soil management innovations that harmonize with the biological foundations of the resource must be safeguarded, says UCCE specialist Jeff Mitchell in an #EarthDay op-ed purchased in the UC ANR Knowledge Stream blog:

https://ucanr.edu/News/Knowledge_Stream_Blog/?blogpost=41219&blogasset=109650

On this #EarthDay, teaching kids to grow sunflowers from seeds!
04/22/2020

On this #EarthDay, teaching kids to grow sunflowers from seeds!

Fun activity with children in the garden:
Grow sunflowers!

Growing sunflowers from seeds is a terrific way for kids to start gardening. Plant the seeds directly in the ground where they will get full sun during the day. Children can water the seedlings every day as they grow - and they grow quickly, rising taller and taller!

Pollinators, such as bees and birds, will enjoy the sunflowers in your garden. If you plant them near the street, your neighbors will enjoy them too!

For a sunflower planting guide, click here:
http://cestanislaus.ucanr.edu/files/111738.pdf

For a free printable PDF for children to color, click here:
https://go.aws/34RFkkX

For older students, they can discover a variety of sunflower facts, history, and other knowledge:
https://cals.arizona.edu/fps/sites/cals.arizona.edu.fps/files/cotw/Sunflower.pdf

For taxonomy, chemical make-up and part identification, follow this link:
https://www2.palomar.edu/users/warmstrong/fruitid5.htm

For other garden tasks in April, follow this link:
https://www.mastergardenersd.org/april-in-the-garden/

Photo: UC Agriculture & Natural Resources

UC ANR Desert Research and Extension Center and UC Farm Smart pay tribute to the contributions of Al Kalin.
04/22/2020

UC ANR Desert Research and Extension Center and UC Farm Smart pay tribute to the contributions of Al Kalin.

Yesterday morning, we lost a member of our Farm Bureau family. Al Kalin, our 1st Vice President and TMDL On-Farm Consultant, who has served on the Imperial County Farm Bureau Board since 2001 passed away from complications of his cancer. The Imperial Valley agriculture community owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to Al for all of his contributions to our industry, including but definitely not limited to his service as the IID’s Water Conservation Advisory Board Chairman and involvement on the Salton Sea 10 Year Plan Committee. Al was a true environmentalist and a great farmer. Most importantly, Al was a great friend to all. He always had a great story to tell and could teach you something you did not know. We will miss Al greatly! During this time, we continue to pray for Al’s family and loved ones who are coping with the loss of this amazing man.

Help shape the next EcoFarm Conference! EcoFarm invites proposals for workshops & speakers to be considered for the 41st...
04/22/2020

Help shape the next EcoFarm Conference! EcoFarm invites proposals for workshops & speakers to be considered for the 41st EcoFarm Conference, Jan 20-23, 2021. Please spread the word and share with your networks! Deadline: June 1, 2020. bit.ly/2KgvuQ5

It's National Volunteer Week! Read our thanks to the amazing volunteer efforts of our naturalists.
04/21/2020
California Naturalist

It's National Volunteer Week! Read our thanks to the amazing volunteer efforts of our naturalists.

It's National Volunteer Week! Read our thanks to the amazing volunteer efforts of our naturalists, and find out ways to continue volunteering through iNaturalist.org and sharing stories. All this week heading into the weekend's City Nature Challenge, we'll be sharing submissions from naturalists volunteering their time through nature observation. If you volunteered this year, we thank you for every minute of the 47,055 hours spent in service to nature!

Join the event TODAY April 21 at 3 pm!
04/21/2020
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Join the event TODAY April 21 at 3 pm!

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Martin Hauser of California Department of Food and Agricuture: 'The Curious Case of the Stingless Bees of Palo Alto." That's the topic of his talk Feb. 27 to Pacific Coast Entomological Society at meeting in #ucdavis. It's scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Room 1371 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane. #BugSquad blog
Evolutionary #biologist Mercedes Burns of University of Maryland to address #ucdavis Department of Entomology and Nematology on Wednesday Feb. 19 on evolutionary biology of #sex and sexual conflict of harvesters or "daddy-longlegs." Seminar to be held at 4:10 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. Harvesters or "daddy-longlegs" belong to the "ancient arachnid order Opiliones, which includes spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks," she says. #BugSquad
#ucdavis all-day public symposium, March 6, at School of Law on "Saving a Bug’s Life: Legal Solutions to Combat Insect Biodiversity Decline and the Sixth Mass Extinction." "Explore the world of insects as we bring together law and science to address biodiversity decline." Four entomologists are among those speaking: Lynn Kimsey, Neal Williams, Art Shapiro and Brendon Boudinot. Learn about endangered species and #ag tensions, and more. This free event, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., includes lunch and a reception. During lunch time, the Bohart Museum of Entomology to showcase insect specimens and critters in the live petting zoo. Graduate students to display research. Entomology Graduate Student Association to sell insect-themed t-shirts. See more on #BugSquad https://bit.ly/2SCNNni
Love #insects? Be sure to attend the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house, set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the 9th annual #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 15. Thirteen museums and collections open. Free and family friendly. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3bGgKGI
Why diversity will reign supreme at #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 15. Thirteen museums or collections will be open. Free and family friendly. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/2SVMGhR
A hidden treasure at #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 15 is the Biological Orchard and Gardens (BOG), behind the Botanical Conservatory. Look for the tidy tips (Layia platyglossa) and desert bell (Phacelia campanularia) blooming. Biodiversity Museum Day is free and family friendly and features 13 museums or collections! Event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet the scientists. Ask questions. You won't want to miss this special day! #BugSquad blog at https://bit.ly/2weg1MD
#Ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Day adds a forum: talks by scientists Art Shapiro (butterflies), Gabrielle Nevitt (seabirds and olfaction) and Melanie Truan (biodiversity studies): Noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 in 194 Young Hall. Don't miss this! The slate of speakers: • Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, will discuss “Are Our Butterflies in Trouble?” (“Yes, they mostly are in trouble,” he says. He will discuss “How do we know and why?”) • Gabrielle Nevitt, professor of animal behavior, will speak on “How Do Sub-Antarctic Seabirds Find their Food in the Vast Ocean?” (“They follow their nose," she says, "and sometimes it gets them into trouble.”) • Melanie Truan, research ecologist, UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, will cover “Biodiversity Studies at the UC Davis Wildlife Museum.” Biodiversity studies, she says, “can tell us a lot about the world and how it is functioning. This is especially important today where the influence of Homo sapiens is having profound impacts on the planet and its inhabitants.” She will touch on some of the ways that the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology incorporates biodiversity into its research. Each scientist will present a 15-minute talk, with a question-and-answer session to follow. See more on #BugSquad https://bit.ly/31JcIsy
On protecting our bumble bees. What pollination ecologist and native bee expert Professor Neal Williams of #ucdavis says about declining bumble bees in California. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3bqA3Uc
Owl butterfly at the Bohart, great-horned owl at the Raptor Center. All that and more at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 'Owl' you can see! Free and family friendly; 13 museums or collections will showcase their projects. Talk to the scientists, take images or selfies. Fun times on Presidents' Weekend. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/2H5JESp
Have you seen any #bumble bees lately? Bombus back in Benicia (Calif.) Black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus is a joy to see. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/2Uzepab
If you're planning to exchange a #butterfly for a beer, don't! The annual Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest at #ucdavis, featuring the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, and a pitcher of beer, is over. No winner. No suds for a bug. Here's why! #BugSquad blog https://bit.ly/36Wt564
About those syrphids, aka hover flies and flower flies... They're great pollinators and in their larval stage, they eat aphids, lots of them. Andrew Young, #ucdavis postdoc with CDFA, to speak at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 in 122 Briggs Hall, #ucdavis, on 'Natural History of Syrphids: Pollinators to Parasitoids' to #ucdavis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Can you guess the flowers the syrphids are on? See #BugSquad https://bit.ly/2UnxwE4