Past Events

Saturday, December 12, 2020

A hand writes in a notebook next to plants in a pot

Local Nature: Winter Writing Walk

11:00am to 12:00pm
Online

How can one capture the wonder of the outdoors on the written page? Engage your senses as we explore the aspects of nature right around your own home or in your memories, recording focused observations, then creating short nature essays based on the birds, fresh dew, deer, crisp weather, mushrooms, and even marine mammals of winter that we’ll come to know. Learn how to articulate your experiences of the natural world in writing!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A woman and dog stand by a wheelchair user using a camera in a marsh

Local Nature: Photography with Assistive Technology

10:00am to 11:30am
Online

The profound connection to the environment and wildlife enjoyed by many nature photographers is not accessible to us all equally. Whether you or someone you want to invite on nature photography outings uses a wheelchair, has limited use of their hands, or is weak and has tremors, this informative and interactive event is for you. We will explore artistic techniques using Assistive Technology (AT) for smart phones and digital cameras in order to promote accessible photography for everyone. You are encouraged to reach out to event leaders in advance for specific information about your disability or mobility needs, and how to acquire AT. After a presentation and demonstration of homemade and purchased AT photography devices, we will break to photograph nature around our homes using pre-selected devices, followed by sharing our experiences and discussion about finding accessible nature photography sites. Watch recorded event here: Local Nature: Photography with Assistive Technology, December 3, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Lichen hanging from branch

Local Nature: Lichen Love

10:00am to 11:00am
Online

You say your tree has lots of green lacelike material hanging from some of the branches and those branches don’t look very healthy. Is that lichen or Spanish moss? Is it harming my tree? Lichens often seem to confuse people, but they are an excellent example of symbiosis in nature. In this program, educator and lichenologist Jen Riddell will clear up some of this confusion and help you understand and identify this important organism. Watch recorded event here: Local Nature: Lichen Love November 21, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Yellow Star Thistle closeup against the sky

Deep Dive: Problem Plants

10:00am to 11:00am
Online

Invasive plants are one of the most significant threats to the native plant communities of California. They out-compete our native flora for resources such as space, light, water and nutrients and can entirely replace natural vegetation communities. They also can degrade rangeland, increase the risk of wildfire and flooding, consume valuable water, and reduce habitat value for wildlife. Learn about this charged term ‘invasive’, what it means, what invasive plant impacts have been in Northern California and how you can help prevent their spread. Watch recorded event here:  Deep Dive: Problem Plants November 14, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

a herd of antelope runs across a grassland

Live from the Field: Nutrient Cycling in Grasslands

11:00am to 12:00pm
Online

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers from the Nutrient Network (NutNet) studying how humans are impacting nutrients and consumers in Argentina, Colorado, and New Mexico. Find out who they are, how they got interested in grasslands, and the research questions they are asking. NutNet is a coordinated research network comprised of more than 130 grassland sites worldwide. Instructor’s guide available. Watch recorded event here: Live from the Field: Nutrient Cycling in Grasslands November 9, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Woman in research lab looking at tick on computer screen

Deep Dive: Ticks on the Move

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

Anyone who has spent much time outdoors has probably encountered one of the many tick species we have in California and been warned about the diseases they can carry. Though ticks play an important role in the systems they inhabit, they are not a pleasant adjunct to our love of nature and can be downright dangerous. In this program, UC Davis researcher Emily Pascoe, Ph.D. will talk about these critters, the microorganisms they host and the research she has been conducting on them at the Hopland Research and Extension Center. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Ticks on the Move November 5, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Newt crawling on a rock

Deep Dive: Herpetofauna Among Us

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

Everyone loves a newt. They are cute, they move slowly, you can catch them and have a good long look at them as they slowly lumber to escape your hand. In this program Julie will discuss newts and other amphibians and reptiles that make up the branch of zoology known as herpetology. Herps are particularly sensitive to climate and can serve as harbingers of change. Julie will take us into their world and share some of the techniques and findings of her own research at SSU’s Osborn Preserve. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Herpetofauna Among Us October 15, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

view of the rocky intertidal zone and a building

Live from the Field: Climate Change at the Land-Sea Interface

11:00am to 12:00pm
Online

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying how climate change is affecting the rocky intertidal zone in California, Maine, and Oregon. Find out who they are, how they got interested in this habitat, and the research questions they are asking. Instructor’s guide available. Watch recorded event here:  Live from the Field: Climate Change at the Land-Sea Interface October 13, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Woman walking on dirt road into mountains

Deep Dive: Animal Tracking Art & Science

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

Our visceral understanding of the natural world is based upon our senses: what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste. But our knowledge can be immeasurably enhanced by our human ability to conjecture intelligently by reading signs, evidence of the teeming life around us. The footprint an animal leaves behind is one of those signs. Finding and following a track can tell us not only about the animal itself but also the land around it. It opens up a new way of seeing and being in this world. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Animal Tracking Art & Science

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Woman writing in notebook

Learn With a Naturalist: Patterns in Plant Lives

10:00am to 11:00am
Online

Patterns in the lives of plants give us insights into climate change. By careful observation over years and through all seasons, researchers and volunteers at UC Davis’ Hopland Research and Extension Center are contributing to science on climate change and more through their studies of native Northern California plants. Learn about this growing field of study, called phenology, and how it can increase your appreciation of the plants around you while contributing to citizen science. Watch recorded event here: Learn with a Naturalist: Patterns in Plant Lives October 6, 2020

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